Why Use Hardwoods?
Click on the link for some very convincing reasons why.
Floorcare & Maintenance
Keep your hardwood floors in top condition with these tips.
What To Expect
What to expect before, during & after your hardwood installation.
Important Considerations
Steps to take in preparing for your hardwood refinishing.
How Hard is Hardwood?
See how your hardwood choice measures up on the Janka scale.
The History of Hardwoods
An explanation of hardwood use throughout history.
Hardwood Species
Images of popular hardwood floor species.
The Character of Wood
Some defining characteristics that set hardwood apart.
Grades of Hardwood
A different grade for any floor application: home or business.
Making The Decision
Key factors to account for in your decision to have a wood floor.
Conservation Information
Information on preserving our hardwoods for the future.
More American Hardwood Now Than 50 Years Ago
American Hardwoods: Renewing, Abundant and Sustainable
American hardwoods have entered their fourth century of providing beauty and authenticity, warmth and integrity, lasting aesthetic and functional value to interiors. For floors, furniture, moldings, millwork, cabinetry and built-ins, they are quintessentially green materials in abundant and self-renewing supply.

American hardwoods are sustainable solutions for eco-effective design and building:

  • Harvesting levels are far below the levels of growth: Nearly twice as much hardwood grows each year as is harvested in the U.S. For this reason, the volume of hardwoods in American forests today is 90% larger than it was 50 years ago.
  • Hardwood foresters follow professional best practices that mirror natural forces. Individual trees are selected for harvest, encouraging forests to renew and regenerate themselves naturally.
  • In addition to providing wildlife habitat and filtering the water supply, trees produce oxygen, remove carbon dioxide and store carbon, reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
  • Virtually every part of the log is used as lumber or by-products, and finished products are re-useable, recyclable and biodegradable.
  All hardwood forests within the continental United States are temperate–not tropical. They are home to the oaks, maples, cherry, ash, poplar and scores of other broad-leafed deciduous species, many of which grow nowhere else in the world. The term "hardwood" has no reference to the wood's actual hardness, which differs by species. Most hardwood forestland is located in the eastern half of the United States as shown here.
Unlike the area blanketed by the evergreen conifers (softwoods), most hardwood forestland is in the eastern half of the country. Hardwood forests cover 279 million acres: the equivalent of hardwood trees covering every square inch of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. This resource is neither scarce nor finite.
  "Sustainability" is meeting today's needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. With hardwood growth well exceeding removal, the U.S. supply of hardwoods for flooring, furniture, cabinetry and millwork is, by definition, sustainable now and for future generations.
Just as important, hardwoods are green design choices with the intrinsic beauty and versatility: lacking recycled cartons, glued-up grass stalks and compressed grain husks.