If you are constructing a new house or even renovating one, then you know how important it is to choose the right type of flooring. With so many options available in the market such as laminate, porcelain, carpet, hardwood and many more, it’s a difficult to make a choice.
Hardwood flooring has always been an easier choice to make among others because of its durable nature and easy-to-maintain feature. It is chosen for office and home flooring alike. It enhances the overall appeal and gives a rich look to its surroundings. Domestic hardwood flooring and Exotic hardwood flooring are the two very broad categories of hardwood floors. Domestic hardwood floors are the ones which are native to North America whereas exotic hardwood floors are not the indigenous species.
Exotic hardwood floors have become popular in the recent times. One of the biggest reasons has been the enhanced technology and transportation that allows the shipment of these products. A customer can choose from a variety of hardwood flooring options. Following are the best options available in exotic flooring.
It is popularly known as Jatoba. With 2350 points on the Janka scale, it is extremely hard and therefore durable. Though it is not as popular now as it used to be in earlier times, it is budget friendly and hence a favorable option for those who don’t wish to spend too much on flooring.
It is the second most popular choice of exotic floor after Brazilian Cherry. With a Janka rating of 2200, it is not extremely hard but definitely durable enough. This specie of has a wide range of color variations from medium brownish/orange to dark brown.
As the name suggests, this flooring has wildly contrasting wide grains which include thick stripes on a backdrop of pale golden and medium brown.It has a Janka hardness rating of 2160. It comes in various patterns such as tiger stripes, zebra strips etc. It is dramatic and gives a very different type of feel to the home.
With a Janka hardness rating of 3280, this exotic wood species is known for its fine linear graining. It has a pinkish rose color which darkens over time and turns into a rich red color. Usually the color stabilizes in approximately 3 months. This floor makes your home look richer because of the vibrancy of its color.
It is also known as Cumaru and has a Janka rating of 3540. This specie of hardwood is one of the hardest options available. Although this flooring has minimum graining, sometimes you can find streaks of dark grains in it. It comes in tones of medium brown which give a very warm look to your house.
Though it is not as hard as other flooring options, with a Janka rating of just 1710, it is highly durable. It is a reddish-pinkish brown wood from Indonesia and Malaysia. One of the biggest flaws of this wood is that it with more and more exposure to sunlight, it seems to become darker in colour thus looking the warm feel that it gives in the initial time.