While your construction and installation options may be limited by the physical structure of your space, the style of your hardwood flooring selection can be determined based on your own tastes and preferences. Mullican Flooring offers a wide selection of flooring species, textures and colors. Here is what you need to know about each of these features when making your selection.
Mullican Flooring’s domestic wood species — harvested from the Appalachian Mountains — include oak, maple, hickory and walnut. We also offer exotic species, such as Brazilian cherry and tigerwood. Whether domestic or exotic, each species has a distinctive grain pattern, with some more visible than others. For example, oak has a discernible grain, while maple is very subtle.
Wood species also differ in their degrees of hardness. The relative hardness of wood species is measured using the Janka Hardness Rating. The higher the number, the harder the wood. Harder wood species are considered more durable and offer greater resistance to indentations, making them a better selection for high-traffic areas or floors anticipated to take a lot of abuse. A full list of the hardness ratings for each of Mullican Flooring’s offered species can be found here.
Each of Mullican Flooring’s collections offers a variety of color selections. In addition to the more traditional hardwood colors — natural, gunstock, caramel and saddle, Mullican also features a broad array of subtle and dramatic colors. It is important to note that many exotic and some of the domestic species are photosensitive, and require exposure to sunlight to achieve their desired rich color. Depending on the species, it may take six months to a year for floors to reach their full color maturity. Other wood species will lighten as time passes, particularly if exposed to direct sunlight.
The addition of surface treatments to hardwood flooring has increased in popularity among consumers, and provides another means of enhancing the natural beauty found in the wood grain. Mullican Flooring offers a wide range of special textures, including wire-brushed, distressed and hand-sculpted, with the latter two created by master craftsmen. Hand-scraped surface treatments tend to be more prevalent in the hickory and maple species, while wire-brushed options can be found in more traditional oak flooring.
Another popular flooring trend is the use of wider plank widths. Featuring 3- to 7-inch widths, these planks have fewer seams in the floor and showcase the natural beauty of the wood. For small rooms, the “traditional” 2 1/4-inch width size remains a good choice as it can help make a room appear larger.