Ash hardwood is a member of the olive family, although its only fruit is actually a black seed. A Norwegian mythology refers to Ash hardwood as “the mighty tree that supports the heavens.”
The sapwood of white ash is the whiter variety of Ash, while the heartwood ranges from light tan to dark brown. Ash hardwood flooring is nearly pure lustrous white, ranging through a creamy beige to very light brown. The grain is bold and straight, with an occasional wavy pattern. The wood has a lustrous appearance, and the texture is rather coarse. Ash hardwood for flooring have an attractive, usually straight, moderately open, prominent grain with a coarse uniform texture.
The large pores of ash hardwood results in it seldom being stained, but it does take all other finishes very well when used for floors. Ash hardwoods are great for floors because they are heavy, hard, have very good overall strength, have excellent shockresistance, and also boast great tensile strength.
Ash hardwood flooring machines well (which opens the door for rounding edges, and tight and clean seams), is good for nailing, screwing and gluing, and it also finishes well. The hardwood dries fairly easily with minimal degrade, and with little difference in performance.
In addition to a common use in flooring, ash hardwood is used in the making of anything from furniture to sporting goods. It is actually one of the most popular choices of wood to use in baseball bats, and was once the preferred wood for making tennis racquets.
Ash hardwood for flooring has the versatility which makes it among the most easy to work with among hardwood species. Karlson Hardwoods only deals with the most premium quality forests Ash Hardwood flooring materials available. You can find our hardwoods at one of our dealers.