Hardwood is known for its unmatched ability to increase the “wow” factor in your Madison home. 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!

With all the domestic hardwoods on the market, choosing the right one for your home is key. To help you get the lay of the land, the home design experts at Floor Coverings International Madison are bringing you the lowdown on some of the most durable species of domestic hardwood available to Madison homeowners. Choosing a strong hardwood can help you get the most out of your new hardwood, since more durable materials need to be refinished and replaced less frequently. 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: 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 can be 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.  No matter their style, Madison homeowners can find a white oak stain and finish to match their décor and taste.


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 also 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’re looking to improve your Madison home with some serious long-lasting style, but don’t want to wreck your wallet, give maple flooring a try!


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 to ensure a cohesive appearance.

Get Started in Madison Today!

To maximize their longevity and beauty, domestic hardwoods should be installed by experienced flooring professionals. Luckily, homeowners in the Madison area can get all their flooring questions answered by the friendly experts at Floor Coverings International Madison. Schedule your free in-home consultation with our mobile showroom to get started today!

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