You love it, we’ve got it: Elemental Featured Products! This week we’re shining our spotlight on Asian Birch hardwood flooring, a versatile variation of the birch species that is commonly found throughout Chinese and other neighboring countries.
The birch tree is part of the Betula genus, which encompasses many different species from all around the globe. These trees are typically found throughout the northern hemisphere, in regions such as North America, Europe, and Asia. There are many birch species commonly used for flooring, including Yellow Birch, Red Birch, Siberian Birch, and Asian Birch. These varieties are found all over the world, from Canada to Russia.
The sapwood of Asian Birch is a subtle creamy white with shades of yellow and gold. The heartwood is a darker tan to reddish-brown color. The grain of the wood varies from straight to slightly wavy and has a fine texture.
In terms of durability, Asian Birch is one of the softer hardwoods on the market, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a smart flooring choice! It is similar to American Cherry or American Walnut and will retain its look and luster for years as long as it’s not subjected to heavy traffic. If you are planning on installing Asian Birch in an area that sees a lot of heavy traffic, don’t fret! Asian Birch looks great in a scraped or distressed format. The species has a good stability rating and performs well in service.
Elemental currently stocks Asian Birch in Solid 3.5” and 4.7” widths with lengths 1’-4’. The products are available either smooth or handscraped; they are only available prefinished.