Exotic Wood Types
For years, the only species used for hardwood floors were woods such as oak, maple, ash, birch, pine, beech, cherry, etc. While these are certainly beautiful options, consensus was that more variety was needed. Over time, new and exciting wood species were discovered, which are now offered in the form of exotic wood. We wanted to provide you with some of the options associated with exotic wood, as well as construction of this flooring.
Also called African Rosewood, this hardwood is dense and simply gorgeous with a rose-colored background complemented with deep purple striping. Uniform in color and grain, this is a nice hardwood floor consideration.
For contemporary style homes, Blackwood is a great choice. This hardwood flooring comes from Southeast Asia and ranges in color from a rose to dark brown with deep streaking. The grain is seen as interlocked or ribbon crossed, giving this flooring a unique appearance. Durable and resistant to termites, Blackwood is growing in popularity.
Teak has long been a loved wood, which is why it is such as popular choice for hardwood flooring. This wood is dense and comes in a range of colors that vary from tan to reddish brown, both with black striping.
When first milled, Cherry Wood is a tan/salmon color that features black striping. However, over time, the wood changes to a deep red. The coloring is uniform and beautiful. Keep in mind that the color of Cherry Wood will change significantly over time.
Coming from Central America, this species of wood ages to a wonderful, deep rich orange/red, complemented with black striping or mottling. Cocobolo has natural oils, which gives the wood a nice polished look.
Just as you would expect, Ginger Wood is much like the spice in that the coloring is a golden yellow. However, if exposed to full sunlight, it will change to a russet or brown.
Coming from Brazil, this hardwood species has a reddish brown color with unique grain patterns. Although this hardwood can be used for the entire room, it is more commonly used for accenting of other woods.
This hardwood species is very light from a white yellow to pale cream. While not for everyone, Rubberwood does offer a fresh, clean look.
Another variety of Teakwood, this too comes from Brazil but has a wonderful ruby red coloring.
With bold stripes and an orange/red coloring, Tigerwood is an excellent choice.
In addition to wood species, the style of the wood can be important. There are three basic types of styles that you can choose from. these are listed below:
Originally made from three/quarter-inch material that is nailed into place with large patterns, Parquet is now commonly glued onto concrete.
Plank hardwood is wide and has been around since Colonial days. Although many planks are three inches wide, you will also find them as wide as fourteen inches.
Commonly used in the United States, strips first became popular around the turn of the century, available in widths that range from one and one/half inch to two and one/quarter inch widths.