Domestic Hardwood Floors vs Exotics

A right flooring option can transform your house for either better or worse. Whether you are renovating or constructing, choosing the flooring for your house is as important a decision as any other. Flooring is a long-term investment that lasts for decades, so one must always choose wisely. There are different types of flooring options available to the customers such as laminate flooring, hardwood flooring, tile flooring etc. All the floorings have their pros and cons.

Exotic Walnut Wood FlooringHardwood flooring is extremely durable and easy to maintain. On the basis of geographical availability, hardwood flooring can be categorized in two types. Domestic Hardwood is that wood species which is native to North America, such as Red Oak, White Oak and Maple. Exotic Hardwood on the other hand is that wood species that is not native to North America but can be found in the country because of advancement in technology and transportation all over the world. Brazilian Cherry, Tigerwood, Kempas and Timborana are some of the examples of exotic wood. Red Oak is the most popular type of domestic hardwood floor. It is known for having moderate to heavy graining with some variations in its colour. Amendoim (also known as Brazilian Oak), on the other hand, is a popular type of exotic hardwood floor. It has a golden/reddish brown tone that ranges from light to medium in colour and has a holographic appearance which makes it very distinct. So which type of flooring would you want to choose for your home?

There are many differences between these species of wood. Maple is smooth and offers subtle grain patterns, while oak features rich grain patterns and takes in stain rather well. The same exists across domestic and exotic selections, as the grain patterns, imperfections and ability to take in stain all differ. In the recent times, exotic hardwood floors have become more popular because of the wise range of patterns and textures available in them. They tend to give your house a refreshing feel because of their one of a kind appearance than a traditional oak floor. Domestic hardwood floor, on the other hand, is cheaper and more easily available in the market. Also using this flooring will help the US economy grow. They also tend to be more eco-friendly as they come from native regions and are generally harvested from well managed renewable forests. 

Domestic wood floorsHardwood flooring is prone to changing colours over time because of oxidation and exposure to light. Exotic hardwoods such as Brazilian Cherry changes color very rapidly and significantly while a domestic hardwood like Red Oak may be much slower with minimal changes in color variation. It’s better to get a professional opinion to get a better idea of the floors age before buying it. Hardness is another important factor that one should consider while opting for hardwood flooring. Domestic species are softer in nature while the exotic species are much denser and harder. However, one must remember that hardness does not always represent the durability of the flooring. Both domestic as well as exotic hardwood floors can be durable and last a lifetime.

No matter which type of hardwood you choose, make sure to request samples, test them in your home and make a decision based on what fits your home, lifestyle and budget.

Domestic Hardwood Floors vs Exotics was last modified: November 9th, 2015 by Jason Valasek