hardwood floor madison


At Floor Coverings International of Madison, we’ve been installing elegant hardwood flooring for our customers for years now. It’s no secret that hardwood flooring is a popular option for most homes, as hardwood floors offer not only an incredible look but also plenty of durability for your increasingly busy family. Whether it’s classic birch hardwood flooring or traditional maple, Floor Coverings International Madison is sure to have what you’re looking for. If you’re interested in a new hardwood flooring option, it may be worth considering a lesser-known species to give your home a unique feel. We’ve put together a list of a few lesser-known hardwood flooring species in order to inspire you to consider an option that will put a distinct stamp on your home.


On the more exotic end of the spectrum we find what is commonly known as tigerwood, pictured above. Also called Bolivian Koa, tigerwood will have to take a much longer trip to make it your home than hickory, but little can take away from the beauty that is tigerwood hardwood flooring. The graining found in tigerwood is particularly stunning, featuring thick black striping on a backdrop of gold and brown. Because of this intense graining, tigerwood typically looks best in wide planks where it can really spread out. When exposed to light, the color of tigerwood tends to get richer, meaning that your floor will age gracefully throughout the years. Add to it incredible durability (2160 Janka Hardness), and you can see why tigerwood might be right for you. Often homeowners will feature this in a living room or even an entryway.

 American Alder Hardwood

Grown primarily in the Pacific Northwest, Alder is a relatively unknown hardwood flooring option (at least in comparison to species such as maple or oak). Alder is a close relative to Birch, and showcases similar characteristics. Alder is almost white when freshly cut but quickly changes on exposure to air, becoming light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge. Heartwood is typically only found in mature Alder trees, and there is no visual difference between the sap and heartwood, which leads to a very clean and neutral looking hardwood flooring option. Alder hardwood floors typically have straight graining, and the wood tends to be mainly uniform in look. If you’re interested in an American hardwood flooring option that will give your home a unique look, consider Alder.

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Actual installation of Hickory hardwoods!

Hickory Hardwood Flooring

Everyone is familiar with birch and maple hardwood flooring, but hickory is an option we tend to see far less. This isn’t because hickory isn’t as stunning as more traditional options; in fact, hickory hardwood flooring offers incredibly arresting graining and variation as well as a gorgeous color range. Hickory is also one of the most durable hardwood flooring options out there, coming in at an incredible 1820 on the Janka Hardness Scale (compare that to red oak’s 1290). Furthermore, hickory is a distinctly North American product, meaning you won’t have to worry about its environmental footprint. If you need a tough but handsome hardwood flooring option, look no further than hickory. You’ll love the varied color patterns it offers.  Here is a recent installation of Hickory we completed here in Madison:

At Floor Coverings International of Madison, we offer the best prices on all types of hardwood flooring, from more common species to the exotic. If you’re looking for a new flooring option, contact us today for a free in-home estimate!

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