Ash hardwood flooring has a very similar appearance to oak hardwood flooring. Both, Ash and Oak have large swirling grain that show off the stain color. The Emerald Ash Borer is quickly killing the Ash tree population. In a few years, Ash trees will be extremely rare.
Ash Flooring Pros and Cons
Ash wood has a Janka hardness factor of 1320, which is harder than Red Oak, but softer than Hickory and Maple. On the pro side, Ash flooring has a very light natural color that can brighten almost any home. On the con side, due to the Emerald Ash Borer, Ash flooring is coming in shorter lengths, due to premature harvesting.
Ash Flooring Grades
Our Ash hardwood flooring comes in two grades: prime grade and country grade.
Ash Flooring vs Oak
Ash Hardwood Flooring has a similar graining pattern to that of oak. The colour varies from the light golden colour of the sapwood to the dark brown of the heartwood. When stained, especially with a dark colour, it looks very similar to oak. Ash is the third hardest North American species we produce and to the surprise of many consumers it is actually harder than oak.
Ash Hardwood Flooring Details
White ash is elastic and hard, and it has excellent shock-resistance. The wood remains smooth under friction.
Janka Hardness: 1320
White ash is about two percent harder than red oak, two percent softer than white oak, eight percent softer than hard maple, roughly seventy-two percent as hard as hickory or pecan, and sixty percent as hard as santos mahogany’s ranking of 2200.
Learn where Ash Hardwood Flooring fits on the Janka Hardness Scale