Today’s wood floors come in more than 60 species, both domestic and exotic, presenting the spectrum of color options, hardness, and price ranges. No matter what the look you want to achieve, there are a variety of species to meet your needs. Choosing the specie depends on color and durability preferences.
Below are samples of the domestic species showing both finishes: top portion finished with water-base urethane; bottom with oil-modified polyurethane.
Information about color and durability is from The National Wood Flooring Association “Wood Species Used in Wood Flooring”.