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Wood Floors Domestic or Exotic?

April 08, 2012

Whether you are building your dream home or simply replacing your old flooring, you must decide on the hardwood that you want to use. However, before you make any final decisions, you should know a few things about choosing between exotic or domestic wood.

The Difference between Domestic and Exotic Wood
Domestic hardwood floors are made from species of trees that are native to North America. On the other hand, exotic hardwood floors are made from species that are found in other parts of the world, such as Africa, Asia and Australia.

Trees used to create domestic hardwood floors include:

  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Cherry
  • Douglas Fir
  • Heart Pine
  • Hickory Pecan
  • Maple
  • Mesquite
  • Red Oak
  • Walnut
  • White Oak
  • Yellow Pine

Trees used to create exotic hardwood floors include:

  • Bamboo
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Brazilian Maple
  • Brazilian Teak
  • Brazilian Walnut
  • Bubinga
  • Cork
  • Curmaru
  • Cypress
  • Iroko
  • Jarrah
  • Mahogany
  • Merbau
  • Padauk
  • Purpleheart
  • Saple
  • Spotted Gum
  • Sydney Blue Gum
  • Tasmanian Oak
  • Thai-Burmese teak
  • Wenge

It is vital that you know the type of wood you use, including the species of tree and the part of the world from which it came. Even though one plank of wood may appear to be just like the next, when manufactured into a hardwood floor, the results are quite different. Hardwood floors have colors, patterns and visual textures that differ depending on the type of wood you use.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Wood

Each species of hardwood has different color variations, dimensional stability, grain patterns and hardness levels. Therefore, you have a wide range of choices when it comes to selecting the hardwood species that suits you perfectly.
These days, may people are choosing exotic wood for their floors. However, domestic hardwood floors are just as great. The reason exotic wood is becoming so popular as of late is an increase in the desire to have a hardwood floor that is unique. The species of domestic hardwood floors is easy to identify, but no so much when it comes to exotic woods.
Because of the increase in technological advances in wood harvesting, manufacturing, shipping and communications, there is little difference between the basic properties of domestic and exotic hardwood floors. All species of tree used in the manufacturing of hardwood floors these days are practically equal when it comes to beauty and durability.

The majority of the time, you will find that exotic hardwood flooring comes with a somewhat higher price tag than domestic hardwood flooring does. The reason being that exotic hardwood floors are more difficult to obtain.

In addition, many people are choosing to purchase domestic hardwood floors because they are better for the economy. Trees for domestic hardwood floors and the products made from them are local, which means the purchase of these products help to support American jobs.

Another reason more people are choosing domestic wood is that environmentalists claim that products made from North American trees are better for the environment because most come from managed, renewable forests. This means that the trees cut down to make domestic hardwood floors are replaced with new trees in most cases.

Make it a point to talk to your hardwood floor dealer and view samples of all of the woods that they have available in stock. Take your time to examine fully the appearance and properties of the various types of wood. When you are aware of all of the options that you have available, you stand a better chance to choose the hardwood flooring that suits you, your home and your family perfectly. Regardless of the type of wood you choose for your hardwood floor, it is important to keep in clean and well maintained so it will remain beautiful for many more years to come.

Posted April 08, 2012