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Exotic Hardwoods for Your Hardwood Flooring

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Exotic HardwoodsYou've run through all the choices…you've debated every option from carpet and cork to laminate or vinyl, and you've definitely settled on hardwood. Now it's time to juggle even more choices!

Engineered or solid? Hand-scraped or smooth? Light tones or dark? Wide plank or narrow? And then there's species…oak and maple, ash and elm, but what about that whole "exotic" line?

Exotic hardwoods…has quite the ring to it, doesn't it? But what does it really mean?

Well, truthfully, it's pretty simple, but at the same time kind of funny…. The hardwood part of the equation refers to a type of tree that loses its leaves in the winter. Exotic basically refers to species that are not native to the United States and that are typically grown in tropical rain forests.

But really there aren't any defining guidelines for what is and what isn't exotic. What's funny about is…so what if you live in Brazil? Is your Brazilian Cherry hardwood floor still "exotic?" Seems to be the case. Markets are markets.

But at any rate, if you want some great choices of richness and unique designs, exotic species of hardwood flooring will certainly deliver no matter what category they land in. One other interesting thing about exotic species is that they are very hard, dense, and often are less vulnerable to termites. Exotics also typically have rockstar level JANKA ratings as well, which is a scale that details how hard and dense the wood is and how naturally resistant the final flooring product is to denting and scratching.

Stepco Floors has an extensive selection of exotic hardwoods in both solid and engineered formats, and a couple of popular exotic choices are Brazilian Cherry, Bamboo, and African Mahogany, though these certainly aren't all Stepco has to offer.

Exotics give you amazing range in color and contrast. You find dark, rich, natural tones or lighter, mild tones that are contrasted with dark lines and striations that give your floor a unique and luxurious look. Stepco also coats their hardwood flooring planks with an incredibly durable aluminum oxide that takes that natural strength and gives them an extra boost that makes exotic species hardwood floors the strongest you can find.

So you've make a great choice, and once you finally narrow all the options down, you'll really love your exotic hardwood floor!