Why Choose Exotic Hardwood Flooring?
Hardwood flooring is a durable, classic choice for any home or office. Of course, shopping for hardwood flooring isn't as simple as picking up the phone and placing an order for the square footage needed to fill your space. As with any other flooring choice, you'll need to choose the wood species you'd like to use in your home. Among the most popular choices today are exotic species.
What are the Best Exotic Hardwood Flooring Choices?
For decades, oak flooring has more or less been what was meant when homeowners talked about hardwood flooring. Oak is incredibly durable and lovely, which makes it a top choice. However, new design trends mean that oak's golden tones aren't always desirable.
Oak remains a popular choice, but many flooring companies and homeowners are now moving towards other exotic species as well. These woods offer durability comparable to oak but are available in an array of colors and styles to meet the aesthetic demands of every homeowner. Many of these styles are also considered ecologically sustainable, making them a favorite among green-minded builders and homeowners who prefer to opt for more traditional hardwoods in place of newer materials such as bamboo and cork.
Many shoppers have heard of these exotic hardwood choices but worry that they are simply outside their price range. Thankfully, exotics are becoming more and more affordable every day thanks to increased popularity and production. Because they also tend to mature in a relatively short amount of time, exotic species are considered a green-friendly alternative to other flooring products. If you're ready to shop for exotic species of hardwood, keep these classic-but-trendy choices in mind.
Exotic Maple Hardwood
Maple flooring is available in a wide variety of finishes including natural and darker shades. Maple is a classic American choice that can complement any decor or architectural style. It is also considered a sustainable choice because it matures relatively quickly and has a proven track record of durability.
Exotic Oak Hardwood
Perhaps the most classic of all hardwood flooring choices, oak is still popular because of its warmth and durability. While it does take decades for an oak tree to mature, this type of flooring has a proven track record of durability and is still present in many turn-of-the-century homes.
Exotic Cherry Hardwood
Cherry trees have a relatively short maturation time and offer some of the most unique, beautiful wood available in the U.S. Cherry isn't as hard as oak or maple, but it is still incredibly durable. This species also offers unique, reddish tones ideal for contemporary homes.
Exotic Hickory Hardwood
Like oak, hickory takes a long time to mature. However, it is considered one of the hardest of the hardwood flooring options available and can provide for decades of use. The naturally warm tones of hickory also make it a popular choice.
Exotic Walnut Hardwood
Naturally dark, walnut tends to be slightly harder than cherry wood and is another classic American choice. Black walnut is one of the most popular varieties used for flooring in the U.S., but other walnut species are offered to suit the needs of homeowners.
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