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Birch Flooring Chicago

Birch flooring Chicago

Looking for an alternative to oak or maple floors? Try birch wood flooring. It has the benefits of the other hardwoods while offering a unique and attractive appearance.

What's Special About Birch?

Several attributes make birch a worthwhile option for hardwood floors:

  • Hardness and durability that comes with a hardwood floor
  • Color variation from lights to darks to suit varied decorating tastes
  • Natural 'highlights' that provide interesting visual appeal
  • Pricing comparable with other common hardwoods

The Common Types Of Birch

There are numerous species within the birch family but several varieties make up the bulk of what's used for birch wood flooring. Each has their own characteristics that make them different from one another.

When looking for birch wood floors these are the names (types of wood) that you'll most often see:

  • Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)
    Paper birch is the softest of the birch wood floor types. It's hardness is about 910 on the Janka scale, a little bit softer than Black Cherry and Red Maple.
  • Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
    Yellow birch is harder than paper birch, roughly equivalent to some oaks and green ash.
  • Sweet Birch (Betula lenta)
    Sweet birch is the hardest of the typical birch woods that are used for flooring. It's a bit harder than sugar maple, red and white oak.

Birch generally has a lighter sapwood and a darker contrasting heartwood. Boards that have both often display an attractive combination of light creamy shades mixed with darker red and brown tones. If you like this type of action and color variation, you'll find it with certain varieties of birch wood floors. It's this characteristic that sets birch apart from other North American hardwoods.


You can stop by in our store on 3100 N Elston Street in Chicago and find your  perfect birch floors or call 844 abhardwood