If your home plays host to an on-the-go, rambunctious family, you’re wise to choose wood floors. With their unrivaled durability and long-lasting good looks, they can stand up to nearly anything even your crew can throw at them!

That being said, hardwood floors come in all sorts of wood types, and there’s a surprising amount of variance between those types—not only in terms of looks, but also in terms of strength and longevity. In other words, you’d be extra wise to look into wood species before making a final flooring decision!

UB Hardwoods is here to help you do just that. Below, we’ll outline a few of our favorite hardwood picks for busy families.

Exotic Woods

This is a broad generalization, of course; just like with any wood category (hardwoods, softwoods, ETC) there’s quite a bit of variation when it comes to hardness within this grouping. That being said, quite a few exotic hardwoods score high on what’s called the Janka scale, an objective measurement of how a flooring holds up against impact.

If you’re worried about breakage, exotic woods, like Pecan or Mesquite, can be a great choice for you. It’s crucial to keep in mind, though, that the system involved in placing a flooring on the Janka scale is based on impact. It doesn’t account for water resistance, strength against scratches, and a whole bunch of other factors, so talk to your floor care professional for the inside scoop.

Oak Flooring

One of the most popular wood flooring choices, oak ranks decently high on the Janka scale and is a great choice for homes that need a floor that can keep up with their high-energy inhabitants. Combine that with a versatile appearance and nice price point, as far as hardwoods go, and it becomes even more appealing.

Keep in mind that there are different species of oak used for flooring—White Oak versus Red Oak, for example—that may have different properties, so again, consult with your flooring installation pro to find the best fit.


While hardwood flooring is a term generally used when referring to any solid wood floor, the word hardwood, when used in reference to wood species, denotes a specific way the wood is formed. Walnut and ash fall into this category, along with the aforementioned oak. Generally speaking, they tend to hold up much better than softwoods.

UB Hardwoods: Here to Help you Make the Right Flooring Decision

With a broad selection of top brands and an attentive team, we’re the obvious choice for anyone in need of flooring help—and fast! Give our Plymouth office a call today at  763-807-4500.

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