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Exotic Hardwoods and Your Hardwood Floor

Posted: 01 JUL 2002


If you've ever purchased a hardwood floor or any other wood product, you’ve probably seen the term “exotic”. Exotic refers to species that are different from regular, or ordinary hardwoods. On the other hand, exotic hardwood may be rare or not. It may refer to a species that is being sold in an unsaturated market, which raises the demand and price for the hardwood. The high demand/price makes the species an exotic type of hardwood. If an exotic species becomes more popular, and begins to saturate the market, its demand and price goes down, and eventually is will no longer be considered exotic. Buying specific species in the lumber industry is determined by what’s in fashion at the moment. Manufacturers constantly waiver over such demands.

Strength, Quality, and Responsibility

The strength and quality of exotic hardwoods make them ideal for wood floors. One benefit of exotic hardwood is that the color of exotic hardwoods is uniform throughout, creating a gorgeous finish when it is stained. Also, exotic hardwoods are usually harder and more durable than more common varieties, making them less prone to dents and other imperfections.


When examining any exotic hardwood, research the manufacturer or supplier. The consumer should know whether a product is produced by a company committed to responsible extraction and reforestation. This is especially important as some people are weary of investing in hardwood floors because of the perceived environmental ramifications. As long as you buy responsibly, you can truly enjoy a beautiful exotic hardwood floor.

Some examples of exotic hardwoods are African Wenge, Kauri, Amendoim, Jarrah, Basswood, Brazilian Rosewood, Teak, African Rosewood, Tiete Rosewood, Brazilian Rosewood, Iroko, African Sapele, Santos Mahogany, Australian Cypress, Brazilian Walnut, Tigerwood, Brazilian Oak, Bamboo Bangkirai, Brazilian Cherry , Kempas, Merbau, Bangkirai, Melia and Balau.