domestic hardwood Goshen

Hardwood is well-known for its unmatched ability to increase the “wow” factor in your Goshen home. When properly installed and finished by experienced professionals, hardwood floors will add class and value to your home for years to come. As an added benefit, many popular hardwood options are sourced right here in the USA! However, not all domestic hardwoods are created equal in terms of durability and value.

To help you get the lay of the land, the home design experts at Floor Coverings International® of Middletown are bringing you the lowdown on some of the most durable species of domestic hardwood available to Goshen homeowners. Read on to learn more about your strongest domestic hardwood flooring options!

White Oak

Along with red oak, white oak captures around 50% of the hardwood market. This popular material is a hit for a reason: when it comes to strength and stability, white oak dominates the domestic hardwood market. White oak is an exceptionally strong domestic hardwood, with a Janka score of 1360. Its durability makes it ideal for high-traffic areas in the home. As for appearances, white oak is easily customized. The wood itself is typically a light charcoal-grey color, but the final hue of a white oak floor is heavily dependent upon the stain and finish applied during installation.

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Characterized by its reddish-tan hue and refined grain pattern, maple is another beautiful domestic hardwood. Though it doesn’t accept stains as easily as some other domestic hardwoods, maple’s strength, durability, and natural beauty easily make up for what it lacks in customizability. Maple doesn’t just have a high Janka score, it has the street cred to back it up: bowling alleys and basketball courts often sport maple floors. Best of all, maple is one of the more affordable domestic hardwoods available. If you want to improve your home with some serious long-lasting style, but don’t want to wreck your wallet, give maple flooring try!


In terms of domestic hardwood options for Goshen homeowners, it doesn’t get much closer to home than ash. Ash is locally grown in New York and throughout the Eastern United States. With a Janka score of 1,320, ash holds up well under daily wear. Ash takes stain easily, so it’s ideal for homeowners who want a lot of control over the color of their hardwood. Ash is also an affordable option budget-conscious Goshen homeowner.


With a Janka score of 1,820, hickory is one of the strongest domestic hardwoods. The appearance of hickory depends on the part of the tree the wood is sourced from. The sapwood is pale yellow with striking dark brown streaks, while the heartwood is redder in color. Because of this variation, hickory floors can often have a distinctly rustic style, and should be installed by an experienced design and installation team.

Get Started in Goshen Today!

To maximize their longevity and beauty, domestic hardwoods should be installed by experienced flooring professionals. Luckily, homeowners in the Goshen area can get all their flooring questions answered by the friendly experts at Floor Coverings International® of Middletown. Schedule your free in-home consultation with our mobile showroom to get started today! We are proud to serve the greater Orange County, Middletown, Goshen, and Warwick areas.

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