Exotic woods augment a classy glimpse to a conventional home and modish gaze to a contemporary home. These are old but sturdy in nature and highly sustainable. Exotic wood can complement the allure of the air of any expanse they are laid. Using exotic wood flooring for your homes can increase the price value of your homes. People are generally cynical about the expenditure on hardwood flooring and prefer other flooring options to cut their budgets. But the fact is hardwood is not of one variety it has many options that could comes with a reasonable price (which could be still a bit expensive than other flooring types).
Types of Exotic Wood Flooring
Exotic woods are the wood species that are exported from other parts of the country or from other countries. They are generally resourceful but extensive usage of hardwood is slowly depleting these sources. While going for hardwood flooring for your home, it is quite important to understand that not all hardwoods are adaptable to all conditions and expanses. The understanding on the properties of the specific wood is important.
List of few exotic wood types and their pros and cons
Exotic Ash Wood: It is said to be the strongest type of hardwood that is typically straight grained with coarse uniform structure. This wood type is found in eastern parts of America. White ash wood type is favored in commercial flooring options for its potency. Ash is not hardwood; it is a softwood species and its grain structure resembles that of oak species.
Ash wood is generally preferred in living areas, kitchens, lounges, hallways, commercial outlets etc.
- Pros: Ash wood species are generally hard and durable.
- Cons: They are not suitable for all the expanses. Mostly serves for commercial purpose. They are costly when compared to oak species.
Exotic Oak Wood: It is the most commonly used type of hardwood. There are two varieties of this oak species used in flooring white oak and red oak. Oak is found extensively in various parts of US. Oak has prominent growth rings and large pore making it have o coarse texture with distinctive grain pattern. The consistency of the grain pattern in oaks generally makes it costlier in the hardwood.
Oak wood is generally preferred in all the expanses.
- Pros: This wood is resistant to denting and marring. The durability is expected to be higher among others.
- Cons: The grain structure is visible to naked eye that may not be appealing always. Identifying any spills is difficult as the grain structure is much coarse. It is very expensive too.
Exotic Maple Wood: Maple wood is non porous wood, extremely hard and dent resistant. It has fine texture and even sized grains. The grain pattern is subtle that makes it attractive among other wood types.
Maple flooring is generally preferred in hallways, commercial zones, and living areas.
- Pros: Maple is dent resistant and light colored with hard surface finishes. It is very easy to maintain.
- Cons: Maple wood flooring is not resistant to humidity or heat. There are chances of splitting of flooring in the areas with more wind pressure. Maple floors turn slight yellowish in the long run.
Exotic Mahogany Wood: Mahogany wood has an excellent wood carving, strong and comes in refined finishes. Mahogany is indigenous to south-central America and Africa. This wood is the hardest with best quality and sustains throughout your life surpassing the oak.
Mahogany is generally preferred in areas with high traffic and friendly wood option for commercials.
- Pros: It is highly durable and increases the monetary value of your home. It doesn’t get faded away even in the extreme conditions.
- Cons: It requires real skill and patience to maintain the flooring of this kind. It cannot with stand dust and pet hair, making you more cautious on regular sweeps.
This is not the end of exotic wood flooring list. Wood flooring is one type the list is continuous and flows with copious options bound for their finest appearance and finish. Check out our next article “Exotic Wood Types and Their Pros and Cons – Part II” for more exotic hardwood flooring options next week.