Allied Home Restoration in Fenton Michigan carries all species and brands of both exotic and domestic hardwood flooring, including Brazilian Cherry, American Cherry, Brazilian Walnut, American Walnut, Maple, White Oak, Red Oak, and Hickory.

Allied Home Restoration focuses on Hardwood Flooring Installation throughout Genesee, Livingston, and Oakland Counties. We will bring our mobile showroom to your home, so you are able to compare the different types of hardwood flooring options that are available.

Choosing the Right Type of Hardwood Flooring

Allied Home Restoration in Fenton knows when choosing the right hardwood flooring for your home, a number of factors should be considered. A few of these factors are:

  • Species
  • Grade
  • Cut
  • Finish
  • Color

  • Layout
  • Pattern
  • Dimensions
  • And Installation method

Allied Home Restoration will go over all of the options with you personally to make sure you choose the perfect wood before the job begins.

When selecting your hardwood flooring, you have a large variety of different species of wood from which to choose. Each species of wood has a different color, different density, and grain. The Janka Hardness scale is the industry standard for measuring the strength and density of different kinds of wood. This scale measures the force necessary to embed a .444-inch steel ball into half its diameter into the wood. The higher the Janka Hardness, the denser the wood.

All hardwood flooring species have two main color components, the heartwood and the sapwood. The heartwood is the dead wood in the center of the tree and the sapwood is the live wood surrounding the heartwood. Both the heartwood and sapwood are used to make wood flooring giving the wood beautiful contrasting colors.

Pre-Finished vs. Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Allied Home Restoration in Fenton knows the finish is the one of the most important aspects of your hardwood flooring project, as it determines how the final product will look. Pre-finished wood flooring has the finish applied to it during manufacturing and does not require a finish application after installation. Unfinished floors do not have a finish applied to them until after the installation is complete. As the manufacturing process has improved dramatically over the last several years, pre-finished floors have become more popular, easier to install, and less expensive.

Call us today to show you all of the factors that go into choosing the right type of Hardwood Flooring for your residential or commercial project.

Red Oak

The most common species used in hardwood flooring. The wood is mostly straight-grained, with a coarse texture and makes a strong durable floor. The heartwood is a pinkish reddish brown and the sapwood is white to light brown. Janka Hardness - 1260.

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Because of its strength and dent resistance, Maple Wood is commonly used in bowling alleys and basketball courts. It has a closed, subdued grain, with a uniform texture. The heartwood is creamy white to light reddish brown and the sapwood is pale to creamy white. It has a good natural finish. Janka Hardness - 1450.

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American Cherry

American Cherry has the ability to naturally darken with age. It has a straight grain and fine, frequently wavy texture. The heartwood is reddish-brown to deep red and the sapwood is white to light pink. Commonly used for accents and borders. Janka Hardness - 950.

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American Walnut

American Walnut has a deep rich, elegant look with dark streaks. The heartwood is a dark chocolate brown to purplish black and the sapwood is nearly white to a light chocolate brown. It has an open, straight grain with some wavy patterns. Commonly used in furniture and border work and is especially good for commercial applications. Janka Hardness - 1010.

White Oak

Slightly denser than Red Oak, White Oak is known for its uniform straight grain, which is a tighter, less pronounced grain than red oak. The grain is open and has longer rays than red oak. The heartwood is light brown and the sapwood is white to light cream. Tannic acid in the wood protects it from fungi and insects. Janka Hardness - 1360.


Known for its contrasting dark streaks over a white to light brown color, Hickory is a hard, durable wood. The heartwood is tan or reddish and the sapwood is white to cream, with fine brown lines. It is commonly mixed with Pecan Wood during manufacturing. It has a closed, rough textured grain. Hickory floors can give the look of country charm throughout the home. Janka Hardness - 1450.

Brazilian Cherry

Also known as Jatoba, Brazilian Cherry is very hard and moisture resistant. Good for entry ways, hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms. It has the ability to naturally darken over time; exposure to sunlight will speed up this process. The heartwood is a light pink to reddish brown and the sapwood is white to a light golden. It has an interlocking grain with uniform texture. Janka Hardness - 2760.

Brazilian Walnut

Also known as Ipe, Brazilian Walnut has a deep, rich appearance with contrasting dark colors. It has a fine grain that is straight and uniform but also sometimes very irregular. The heartwood is a very dark blackish brown and the sapwood is a light yellowish tan. it is the hardest species of wood that is commonly used in hardwood flooring. Very durable and resistant to wood boring insects and fungi. Janka Hardness - 3684.