Ash trees belong to the same family of trees that includes olive and lilac trees. Frequently used to make items like baseball bats and tool handles, its dense yet pliable composition makes it ideal for hardwood flooring. The experts at Floor Coverings International Central Westchester have all the information about ash hardwood you need to help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.
Boasting a Janka hardness score of 1,320, ash ranks above similar popular choices like red oak and walnut. Ash has the perfect mix of strength and comfort underfoot for homeowners in Central Westchester.
For home use, ash is available in both solid and engineered varieties. We particularly enjoy engineered ash hardwood because it has a more regular grain pattern and better resilience to potential warping and damage. While solid ash certainly has its style benefits, many Central Westchester homeowners prefer the uniformity of engineered ash.
The swirled knot patterns and thick yet sleek grain lines give ash a great amount of character. Ash tends to come in colors ranging from tan to golden honey, giving it a look similar to white oak. The density of ash makes it great for absorbing a wide swath of wood stains, from clear coats to darker finishes. We love ash hardwood in kitchens, dining rooms, entryways, and living rooms.
Since ash is a lighter colored hardwood, it works better in areas that need brightening up. So if you have dark walls, poor lighting, or low sunlight in a particular room, ash is a great choice for livening up that space.
Although it’s a domestic hardwood, it can be more expensive than other native species. In addition, an invasive bug species known as the Emerald Ash Borer is currently decimating the ash tree population. This has endangered ash trees and made it harder to find at times. If ash hardwood is out of stock, go-to alternatives include maple, white oak, and walnut.
Are you interested in installing ash hardwood in your Central Westchester home? The friendly experts at Floor Coverings International Central Westchester are here to help! Call us today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom. We proudly serve the Mamaroneck, Rye, and Larchmont area.
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