Types of Hardwood Flooring


Hardwood Flooring

If you are considering wood flooring for a renovation or new construction, these are some of the top choices and their benefits.  Here are 3 types of hardwood flooring to consider.

Heart Pine

When settlers moved westward, they discovered heart pine. The trees grew as high as 150 feet tall and were about 4 feet in diameter. Since the trees did not have much sapwood, they were ideal for construction. Settlers used them for building everything from homes to bridges. Heartwood pine is still popular today for flooring and other applications. In addition to being easier to work with, it boasts the following benefits:

  • Resistant to rotting
  • Heavy
  • Durable
  • Resistant to insects
  • Aesthetically pleasing

If you are looking for wood flooring with the perfect mix of elegance and homey charm, this is an excellent choice.


The Greeks and Romans started using cherry wood for construction as early as 400 B.C. In the early Colonial era in America, this wood was called “New England Mahogany.” It was coveted for its rich reddish hue and gentle grain ripples. Cherry trees have a white sapwood coating and a very hard center that varies in color between pink and red. Cherry wood darkens as it ages. When you touch the wood, it has a satin-like feeling. This makes it ideal for floors. Cherry flooring looks rich, warm and smooth. These are some additional benefits of cherry flooring:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Durable
  • Affordable
  • Retains color well

For a rich, dark and luxurious look, cherry wood is the perfect choice for your flooring needs.

White Oak

White oak trees can grow up to 100 feet in height and 4 feet in diameter. Their sturdy trunks were what led settlers to use them for construction. In the early days of New England’s settlements, white oak was commonly used for making beams and posts. White oak was also used for flooring because of its reliability. Restoration efforts for older structures often include white oak flooring. This flooring is still widely used today for new construction as well. These are some of its top benefits:

  • Accepts finishes well
  • Smoother grain
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Resistant to moisture

If you want lighter wood flooring that matches a homey or semi-rustic theme, live sawn white oak is a prime choice.

The Cochran Difference

At Cochran’s Lumber and Millwork, we take pride in offering high-quality hardwood flooring. If you are committed to reducing tree consumption, you will be glad to know that our flooring products include reclaimed and harvested wood. We are a hardworking family business with over 30 years of experience and a reputation for reliability. We offer custom pre-finished hardwood flooring, custom millwork, from barn siding and other reclaimed and harvested sources.  Our experts are happy to work with you to help you choose the right flooring and custom pre-finished options.  Contact us online or by phone at 877.297.8331.