Beech hardwood is a stress-resistant flooring material for your home in Downers Grove. It is grown throughout Europe and North America, making it an easily attainable material. Beech has a pale cream appearance similar to birch or maple but without the heavy dark contrasting sapwood. It may also contain pinkish to brown undertones. A hardwood that easily accepts stain or oils, beech has a very fine grain with a neutral texture. Learn more from the experts at Floor Coverings International Downers Grove.

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Durability

Beech, like many hardwoods, is a remarkably durable flooring material. American beechwood rates 1300 on the Janka Hardness Scale, which is comparable in durability to Red Oak in 1290, and White Oak (1360).  Beechwood is most commonly used as flooring for basketball courts, because of its high resistance to bending. However, beech should be used sparingly in areas where moisture may come into contact. Because beech hardwood dries rapidly, moisture affects it more easily. However, its hardness and flex-resistance make it a prime flooring material even for high-use areas (although rugs or coverings may help prevent unnecessary damage.

How is Beech Hardwood Used?

Beech hardwood is used for flooring, laminate veneer, cabinetry, furniture, and interior trim. Because of its even grain, beechwood doesn’t have as many finicky knots that make woodworking with it difficult. As mentioned above, it is also used as flooring for basketball courts.

To get the most out of your beech flooring, use a stain or oil to make for an enhanced look. Synthetic and natural sealants are excellent at preventing damage to the wood itself, so applying a sealant can definitely help keep your floor from cracking from moisture damage. Beechwood can be used throughout the home—even in high-stress areas like entryways and halls. Keep in mind to use alternate materials with better water resistance for kitchens or bathrooms.

How is Beech Hardwood Maintained?

Besides avoiding moisture and taking steps to prevent scuffs and scratches, beech hardwood is as easy to maintain as most other hardwood flooring materials. Of course, regular sweeping, mopping (with natural detergent), and small upkeep with microfiber cloths will keep your Beech hardwood floor looking nice and staying healthy.

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For your home in Downers Grove, the simplicity and durability of beechwood make it a great addition to your home.  Call the experts at Floor Coverings International Downers Grove today to schedule a free in-home consultation and visit from our mobile showroom. We proudly serve the greater Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, and Woodridge area.

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