Ash Hardwood Flooring Information – Gaylord Flooring

Ash Hardwood Flooring Information

Ash Flooring

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. Pro: Ash flooring has a very light natural color that can brighten up almost any home. It has ample character throughout creating a beautiful floor with interest. Con: Due to the Emerald Ash Borer, Ash flooring comes in shorter lengths due to the premature harvesting of the trees. 

Ash Flooring Grades

Our Ash hardwood flooring comes in two grades: Prime grade & Tavern 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.

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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