Bela Cera Hardwood Flooring
Prepared in the Old Italian Tradition Bella Cera hardwoods are prepared in the old Italian tradition, from uncompromising source wood selection to the final floor finish. They are painstakingly hand-crafted, one board at a time, by trained hardwood floor artisans, yet still priced affordably enough for those who appreciate fine quality.
Choosing a Hardwood Floor Species
The most important factor in choosing a wood species is, of course, the appearance. While the stains and finishes add variability to them, different woods can complement modern, classic, rustic or other types of settings. For example, maple has a more subtle, elegant look, while hickory has a more unique and ďoutspokenĒ appearance. The experts in a fine flooring store can help you make the right choices. There are subtle differences as well. For example, Big Leaf Acacia features less character, with a plain grain, fewer knots and wider age circles, while the Small Leaf Acacia that Bella Cera uses is full of character, with more knots and a swirling grain. It costs us more, but it makes a prettier floor.
In addition to appearance, you should also consider durability, moisture-resistance and hardness, depending on the area of the home where the flooring will be placed. Our Small Leaf Acacia, for example has higher density, so itís a lot harder, where Big Leaf Acacia has lower density, so itís softer and lighter. Your in-store flooring expert can help you make the right decisions.
Cherry Hardwood Floors
Cherry is one of the most exquisite species. Cherry color varies from rich red to reddish brown, and the custom scraping and double stain bring out the beauty and elegance of Cherry. This species has a subtle, straight grain, and a satiny, smooth texture.
Walnut Hardwood Floors
Walnut is one of the most beautiful and high-end hardwood species you will enjoy for a lifetime. Its delightful swirling grain and rich dark brown tone makes the whole house shine. Our custom-scraping and dual hand stain adds more depth and real antique looking to the appearance.
Maple Hardwood Floors
Maple has been a favorite of Furniture and flooring manufacturers since the early Colonial Days. Maple has a delicate, uniform texture, which adds elegance into your room. It is usually straight-grained, but it can also occur as "curly," 'Fiddleback," and "birds-eye" figure.
Hickory Hardwood Floors
Hickory is one of the hardest species and it is well known for its very good strength and shock resistance. Because of this, itís been the premiere species for tool handles, furniture, ladders, cabinetry, and of course, flooring. Hickory has unique grain pattern, and color variations.
Birch Hardwood Floors
From sap to bark, birch trees are used to make everything from beer to toothpicks. Native Americans stretched birch bark on their canoe frames and used the wood to make arrows. Birch is generally straight-grained with a fine uniform texture, generally characterized by a plain and often curly or wavy pattern. A fairly heavy and strong wood, birch is extensively used for furniture, millwork and paneling, doors, kitchen cabinets and flooring.
Acacia Hardwood Floors
The species Acacia has strikingly dynamic grain and knots. Some say these attributes contribute to a home full of positive energy, exuberant flow and optimistic attitude. As one of the hardest woods in the world, Acacia's dynamic looks adds exciting spirit to a home with long-lasting durability as well as an elegant look.
African Mahogany Hardwood Floors
Also known as Doussie, African Mahogany is a beautiful orange/brown wood which ages to a medium brown color. It is one of the most popular imported flooring species used in Europe due to its hard, high density, elegant cross grain, and lustrous surface. African Mahogany exhibits a medium range of color variation between golden tans to darker orange/browns.
African Rosewood Hardwood Floors
Also known as Bubinga, African Rosewood is a beautiful dense hardwood with a rose-colored background and medium tone striping. African Rosewood is very uniform in color and graining, has a lustrous surface, and is a favorite material for making fine instruments.
Red Rose Hardwood Floors
Also known as Berlinia, Red Rose is a beautifully dense hardwood with brown heartwood, light rouge to deep red brown hues, with brown streaking in the grain. Red Rose is used extensively in Europe for fine furniture due to the woodís straight or interlocking grain patterns. Red Rose is often suggested as a substitute for Oak.
Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors
When first milled Brazilian Cherry has a tan/salmon color with black striping which turns a rich deep red color over time. This species is the most popular imported hardwood given its inherent beauty, rich coloring and superior hardness. Brazilian Cherry varies from yellowish hues to dark reds with black striping. Quartered selection yields the most uniform look/color range.