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Ash wood flooring is a reliable substitite for a more traditional oak floor. In fact most individuals would not see a difference between the two species, when stained. Thus if you find a colour that appeals to your decorating needs, ... go for it!
In its natural tones, ash is a pale straw colour to brown tint, in contrast to red oak's pinky tinge. (red oak flooring being the most common oak floor on the market today)
The only difficulty you might experience in chosing ash, is staining mouldings to match. Although we do carry a small amount of wood moulding in white ash, the list of options is less extensive. Often you must substitute oak trim. With oak's different base colour, staining to match an ash hardwood floor can take a little patience... so think about your moulding needs when chosing an ash hardwood flooring.
Dimensional Stability: Above average, more stable then red oak
Durability: Stiff & Dense, ash's very long wood fibres provide excellent flexibility... that is why it is the wood of choice for baseball bats.
Janka Hardness Scale: 1320 (slightly harder
(the higher the # the more dense)
Colour variation: Ash wood can have a significant range of colours from pale straw to a dark brown, with a strong grain pattern accentuated with the application of darker stains. It has open pores similar to oak, thus has a much busier appearance than an equivalent maple stained floor.
Colour change: Ash can show significant yellowing on exposure to strong lighing, thus most flooring manufacturers do add a UV protectant to the finishes to slow colour shift. This is rather insignificant in all dark stained floors.
Indentation: dents and scratches are less visible on ash flooring, because the strong grain pattern disquises any imperfections it has gained through life.
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