Each hardwood species has well-defined characteristics, including color and grain pattern, and thus, it is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing wood flooring. In addition, the hardness of the wood is another primary consideration since it influences the lifespan of a new floor.

A wide variety of engineered wood and solid hardwood flooring made by top companies like Shaw and Karastan is found at The Carpet Shoppe in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

A few facts


Wood grain patterns can be straight or wavy and fine or distinct, and when a light stain is applied, the pattern is accentuated. For example, red or white oak, maple, and birch are light hardwoods, while walnut and rosewood are dark hardwoods.

Planks can have a smooth surface, a lightly textured or wire-brushed surface, or a heavily textured or handscraped surface.

Stains, hardwoods, and decor


Most often, maple wood flooring is installed with a sealant only, a look that works well with modern decor. However, a light stain highlighting the pinkish tones in a red oak floor is ideal for simple and classic interior design styles, like popular farmhouse decor.

A dark-stained hickory floor, with its robust and visible grain and natural color variation, is perfect for a room that has a rustic theme.

The hardness of the wood


The Janka Hardness Test determines the density of all types of wood floors and how resistant to abrasion and wear every kind of wood will be after it is installed.

While proper care dictates the lifespan of your wood flooring, it's best to check Janka Ratings to be sure you pick a sturdy type of wood. Hickory is one of the hardest woods available.

Your Yampa Valley, Colorado flooring experts


The Carpet Shoppe has been serving the Yampa Valley in Colorado, including Milner, Hayden, Oak Creek, Phippsburg, Craig, Walden, and Kremmling, since 1969.

In addition to flooring installation, our hardwood flooring company offers free in-home estimates and professional cleaning and repair services. Visit our showroom in Steamboat Springs today or call to schedule a visit from our mobile showroom.