woodfloorsHardwood is warm, diverse, hypoallergenic, and looks great with any decor. From old-fashioned to modern, you can find a look and feel to fit your personality and lifestyle. A solid wood floor will last a lifetime, and the finish can be refreshed whenever it wears thin. But how do you decide which floor is right for you?

Because flooring is such a prominent feature, it is a significant part of what defines a room. Luckily, there’s a lot to choose from! With a wide range of trees and wood types, an endless variety of colors, consistencies, designs, finishes, grains and patterns, the combinations can seem endless.

Key style features to consider when making your choice:


Most domestic species of wood come in a variety of colors. Most exotic species, on the other hand, are not stained because their natural color is distinctive. At Tiftickjian & Sons, our products come in a variety of colors from modern grays to classic darks and lights.


Widths can easily change the look of a floor since the wider the plank, the fewer the seams that can be seen in the floor. Wider widths also showcase the natural beauty of the wood, especially hickory and tigerwood.


There are many types of texture, including traditional solids, engineered, hand-scraped or distressed, as well as a wire brush look or oil finish.


Finding the right species of wood is really a matter of personal taste and project budget. There are domestic species such as oak, maple, hickory, and cherry as well as exotic species like bamboo, brazilian cherry, and cork. Each species has a distinct grain pattern. For example, oak has a very distinguished grain whereas maple is very subtle. Exotics are very popular because of their distinct grain patterns and color.



Cherry is known for it’s distinctive reddish glow, which deepens as it’s polished.

  • Janka Hardness Scale – 950
  • Photosensitivity – 7 / Low Resistance
  • Color Shade Variation – Medium



Hickory is the hardest commercially available hardwood. It is also extremely durable.

  • Janka Hardness Scale – 1820
  • Photosensitivity – 3 / High Resistance
  • Color Shade Variation – Medium / High



Maple is a favorite when it comes to contemporary designs. Maple tends to be clean and upscale in appearance.

  • Janka Hardness Scale – 1500
  • Photosensitivity – 2 / High Resistance
  • Color Shade Variation – Medium / High



Oak is the most commonly used hardwood. It has a more traditional style, great durability, and lots of character.

  • Janka Hardness Scale – 1290
  • Photosensitivity – 1 / High Resistance
  • Color Shade Variation – High



Walnut, typical darker in color, has rich, dramatic and spectacular graining.

  • Janka Hardness Scale – 1010
  • Photosensitivity – 2 / High Resistance
  • Color Shade Variation – Medium / High

And if wood isn’t quite what you’re looking for, we also install basement laminates that look just like wood or cork flooring, which is an environmentally sound, resilient product.

No matter what kind of flooring you choose, Tiftickjian & Sons is here to help.