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List of Pros and Cons of Birch Flooring

You will have a multitude of options to pick and choose from when it comes time to select a specific type of hardwood for your new floors, but finding the right hardwood species can be more than a bit of a tough task.

Birch flooring is incredibly popular these days for a variety of different reasons, but you’ll have to run through the pros and cons of moving forward with this flooring material to really settle in on it confidently. This, after all, is going to be the material that your floors are covered with for years and years to come and isn’t a decision you should make lightly.

List of the Pros of Birch Flooring

1. Right off the bat, when you decide to go with birch flooring you are moving forward with a flooring material that is relatively inexpensive compared to other flooring options.

2. This has a lot to do with the fact that birch wood is so plentiful all over the world, and that so much of it can be sustainably harvested at any one particular time and then re-grown faster than most other hardwood options out there.

3. The wood grain of birch flooring is also incredibly attractive. Much more “alive” than other hardwood options, if you want to bring a lot of visual interest to your floors inexpensively birch flooring is the way to go. It certainly doesn’t hurt that birch flooring also takes stain and finishes much better than most hardwoods, allowing you to spend less time working on your hardwood floors and more time admiring them.

List of the Cons of Birch Flooring

1. On the flip side of things, birch flooring is nowhere near as resistant or as hard as other hardwood flooring options are.

2. This means your floors are going to show signs of wear and tear much faster than they would have otherwise, and things like dragging furniture across the floor can leave permanent digs and gouges in your floor that aren’t going to come up without a lot of effort and expense.

3. Birch flooring also reacts more to weather and humidity levels than most other hardwood flooring options. This means your floor isn’t quite as stable (from a wooden construction material perspective), moving, shrinking, expanding, and buckling more than most floors will while the wood is still quite young and has a high moisture content.

4. Drying out your birch flooring before installation and really allowing your floors to become acclimated before they are installed helps to eliminate most of this headache and hassle, though it may not eliminate all of it.