In pre-industrial America, most hardwood flooring was locally sourced. Today, flooring can be easily shipped anywhere, from places as far as Australia or Mozambique. This is great news for O’Fallon homeowners who want unique hardwood flooring that makes a bold, dramatic statement. At Floor Coverings International Metro East, we carry exotic hardwood flooring from around the world.
What is Exotic Hardwood?
Most are familiar with the traditional hardwood options, like oak, maple, and birch. Exotic hardwoods are sourced from outside of North America. Brazilian Cherry is one of the most common, prized for its distinctive look and tendency to darken with time. Some other exotic hardwoods include:
- Amescla is grown and harvested in South American countries, such as Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia. Its color fluctuates between tan and dark brown, leading to unique floors that leave lasting impressions.
- Tigerwood gets its name from its dramatic, dark striping and photosensitivity that gives the wood an orange hue over time. It is grown in tropical western Africa and sometimes Brazil.
- Tiete Rosewood, or Patagonian Cherry, is another South American hardwood known for its durability and uniform appearance. It has a pink glow and darkens over time.
Why Exotic Hardwood?
Our customers in the O'Fallon, Edwardsville, Belleville areas love exotic hardwood flooring for its unique, distinguished look. Many exotics, such as snakewood, tigerwood, and zebrawood, have distinct colors and patterns, adding originality to your home.
Exotics are also popular for their higher Janka hardness rating compared to domestic hardwoods. Some popular domestic hardwoods include red oak (with a hardness rating of 1,290), black maple (1,010), and ash (1,320). These ratings are much lower than some exotic wood species, such as snakewood (3,800), Brazilian walnut (3,684), and rosewood (1,780). A wood’s hardness rating contributes to its overall durability, making many exotic hardwoods perfect for commercial and residential spaces.
Looking for new exotic hardwood floors for your O’Fallon home? Your flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Metro East are here to help. Call today for a free consultation! Our talented design experts can help you find the perfect hardwood floors for your home, your lifestyle, and your budget, all from the comfort of your own home.
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