birch hardwood flooring columbia

When you pick hardwood, you are choosing one of the most versatile flooring options available. At Floor Coverings International Howard County, we know that choosing between the countless species, styles, and colors can be daunting. That is why we are dedicated to helping families in the greater Columbia, Ellicott City, Cooksville, Clarksville, MD area find their dream hardwood.

One of the most popular hardwood options in Columbia is birch. This subtle hardwood is a great option for homeowners trying to cultivate a traditional or modern aesthetic. Read on to learn whether birch is the right hardwood for your home.

Meet the Birches

Birch comes in two varieties: yellow birch and red birch. Although they come from the same tree, they look quite different. Yellow birch is harvested from the sapwood—or the outer layers of the tree. It is usually pale beige or amber in color. Red birch comes from the heartwood found at the center of the tree. It is generally darker shades of brown with red undertones. Both types of birch have subdued—and sometimes invisible—grain lines, which give them a smooth appearance.


This strong hardwood is a great option for busy families and pets. With a Janka hardness rating of 1,260, birch hardwood floors can stand up to years of wear and tear. Birch is a low-maintenance hardwood. Simply sweep or vacuum regularly, opt for the occasional refinish, and your birch floors will last a lifetime.


Birch is indigenous to the United States, which means that most birch trees are grown in North America. This makes birch an environmentally friendly option because buying locally cuts down on the pollution from transportation.

Learn More

For more information about birch and to schedule a free, in-home consultation, reach out to the Columbia local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Howard County. We proudly serve the greater Columbia, Ellicott City, Cooksville, Clarksville, MD area. Find your dream floors today!

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