Exotic Woods- What You Should Know

When talking about exotic hardwood, it just refers to species grown outside of North America. Though many exotic species originate in the tropics, many come from other places as well.

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Why Choose Exotic?

Appearance

Most exotic woods have color and grain that is extremely distinct, and different from domestic woods which are subtler. A hardwood floor from exotic wood makes a bolder statement and is more striking, but carries the same warmth of wood.

Durability

Exotic woods tend to be denser and harder than domestic woods, and enables simpler finishes. As a result, they sometimes require less maintenance, and their grain patterns hide scratches better than domestic woods.

 

What are their disadvantages?

Resistance to finishes

The density of exotic hardwoods can make them resistant to added color of some finishes. On the plus side, those who use exotic wood do it for its natural coloring usually, and do not care for the added color.

Color changes

Any wood species is expected to change color through time, but many exotic woods have a higher tendency to do so. The difference is sometimes more dramatic than most domestics.

Less stability

Since exotic woods can come from climates that are high in humidity, they are not always adapted well. It may be best to choose an engineered variety over solid exotic, since engineered plank will have more stable woods.

 

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