Preserving, Refinishing, and Installing Hardwood Flooring since 1980.

Beech

Fagus grandifolia

Shown below with water-based finish (top),
and oil-based finish (bottom)

beech

 

APPEARANCE

Color: Heartwood is mostly reddish brown; sapwood is generally pale white.
Grain: Mostly closed, straight grain; fine, uniform texture. Coarser than European Beech.
Species & Grade Variations: Only one species is native to the United States. Moderate to high color variation between boards.

PROPERTIES

Hardness (Janka): 1300; 1% harder than Northern Red Oak.
Dimensional Stability: Below average (change coefficient .00431; 17% less stable than Red Oak).
Durability: Elastic, hard; excellent shock resistance. Wears well and stays smooth when subjected to friction ## popular for factory floors.

 

WORKABILITY

Sawing / Machining: Difficult to work with hand tools, but good machining qualities.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily
Nailing: Good holding ability, but has a tendency to split.
Finishing: No known problems.

COST

(Relative to plainsawn select Red Oak.)
Multiplier: 1.20

AVAILABILITY

Limited.

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