You can mix any woods to create designs on the floor. Contrasting woods can be used to create custom inlays. I can create any custom design or inlay arrangement you can think of. Upon observing the area you'd like hardwood flooring installed in, I can also suggest and help you to create unique designs which will accentuate your room.
Border feature strip inlays can be used to create specialized patterns and embellish the appearance of your hardwood floor. For example, you can have a maple floor with a narrow strip of cherry wood outlining it creating a beautiful contrast of red against the brighter maple wood. Your imagination is the limit with the various possibilities. Multiple strips and multiple wood types can be combined to create a hardwood floor which is one of a kind and absolutely unique to your home or office.
Dovetail joining creates an attractive joint in which the joint taper out at an angle. Dovetailing a border feature strip can create fantastic solid joints.
Bamboo has become a popular wood choice for floors. Bamboo is in the grass family, is an environmentaly friendly choice, and provides a unique, brighter appearance to rooms due to its relatively light colored tissue. Keep in mind that Bamboo's grooves tend to darken and it becomes worn and requires more care to maintain its appearance than other wood types. I receive requests to clean these grooves more often than for some other wood choices. We feel that Amber Bambo is the best choice because it retains a nice appearance longer than some other Bamboo species.
My favorite wood choice Cherry wood in a raw, sand on site format. This wood provides a rich, red tinted appearance and is easy to maintain.
Other popular wood choices include Brazillian Cherry, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Black Walnut, and Teak.
I will work with any wood type or wood request. I generally advise against purchasing materials without consultation. In many cases I may be able to acquire materials at a lower price. Always call a professional flooring specialist prior to purchasing wood flooring materials.
Staining is an interesting technique which provides hardwood flooring with a specialized appearance. In some cases, people may choose to have their floor stained rather than finished. This staining process can only be applied to raw wood materials. Staining is a fun project because a customer can choose to stain the wood in any color from a completely natural wood appearance to any variation of any color.
Stained floors are also very low maintenance when stained with satin finish which provides a very tasteful and subtle appearance. For this reason I typically recommend satin finish applied in a 3-layer configuration.
There are 3 common types of wood staining finishes:
Satin is the most tranparent and lowest maintenance finish to be applied to stained wood.
Semi-glossy finish adds some sublte shine compared to the more low key Satin finishes.
High-gloss is the most brilliant, shiny, and noticable finish for applying over stained wood. High-gloss is beautiful for certain rooms and applications, but also requires the most cleaning because dust and artifacts will become easily visible compared to Satin.
Wood flooring can be stained strategically to match fabrics, walls, or even furniture made from different woods. When selecting a stain color for your floor, you'll be presented with several color samples to be placed on your floor which will help you to envision the color in your room.
My personal favorite woods when stained are red oak and white oak. Staining seems to accentuate the figuring and character of oak wood particularly well.