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Yellow birch hardwood flooring is a happy medium between the hardness of hard maple, and the stability of red oak.  It’s got the close grain pattern similar to hard maple, slightly softer, and with more of a golden color spectrum. Yet, it approaches the stability of red oak.  Take a look at this video with BuildDirect Co-Founder Rob Banks who goes into a bit more detail on this point, and others:

So, if you’re looking for a natural floor that is akin to a maple, with a level of easy workability akin to a red oak, yellow birch may be a hardwood floor species to look into. I personally really like the golden tones of this species, perfect for bringing a bit of brightness to a space.

Cheers,
Rob.

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Rob Jones

Rob served as Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home from 2007-2016. He is a writer, Dad, content strategist, and music fan.