Consider Exotic Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floors lend exceptional style to a home. Solid hardwood is durable and can be refinished time after time without losing that special natural appeal of the initial installation.
While increasing the value of your home, the installation of hardwoods from any of a number of countries around the globe also impacts geographic interest that the trees producing the wood grew to maturity on other continents.
Exotic woods have a higher density than domestics and are a diverse selection of grain variations and hues of color that give you more choices in flooring along with domestic hardwoods. Exotics are shipped from countries around the world including China, Brazil, Australia and Africa.
Bamboo has long been known for its versatility in furniture building, but is also gaining in popularity as flooring. And, although it is manufactured using a laminating technique, bamboo is one of the hardest and most durable of flooring products.
Bamboo is classified as grass, therefore it is a rapidly growing plant that renews its growth from its root system which is left intact during and after harvest. The finished eco-friendly product ranges in color from soft creamy hues to luxurious dark reds and browns.
South American Hardwoods
The counterparts of domestic oak and walnut that grow in the southern hemisphere are denser and hold up well to traffic in homes or businesses.
Amendoim, or Brazilian oak, exhibits light reflecting warmth for your home in a range of colors from subtle golden brown to a medium tan blended with red-brown. Swirling grain and minimized burls add interest to the variations of color in each plank.
Brazilian walnut, also known as Ipe, has a density that allows for outdoor applications. This wood has a range of colors that can be integrated for eye catching appeal or isolated for more uniformity. The hardness of the wood makes it difficult to cut and also adds to its expense, but there is no other hardwood that compares to its durability.
Brazilian cherry hardwood is a bold look that draws the viewer’s eye whether the room is furnished or not. These beautiful floors command the world of red wood and the colors gloriously deepen as they age.
Tigerwood, as the name suggests, exhibits striping throughout its pale golden brown to deep red coloration. The brown-black streaks may be fine strokes or broad tiger-like stripes and lend a light-hearted feel to a room.
Mahogany is found in the rain forests of South America and in Africa. Mahogany trees grow tall with wide trunks making them perfect for producing flooring planks. The wood hues range from light brown sapwood to dark red-brown heartwood that may vary to deep purple-brown. The colors deepen as the wood ages. Mahogany has a fine even texture that also makes it suitable for various applications in furniture and art.
Australian cypress also has contrasts in color variations between the sapwood and the heartwood. The sapwood varies between the colors of straw and cream, while the heartwood displays dark honey tones to warm brown hues. The darker colored knots within the wood lend a rustic look to a floor.
It takes many years of use to wear solid wood floors down to the point of needing to be replaced. Homes that were built a century ago still retain the beauty of their original wood flooring.
Engineered and laminated flooring of exotic woods are also a fine choice for your home, especially if you are not looking at a century’s worth of use. Contact us for more information and for helpful suggestions for the flooring in your home.
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