Friday, December 6, 2019

Adding Exotic Hardwood Flooring to Your Home

By Crystal Hosking, Hosking Hardwood Flooring

Exotic Hardwood Flooring has certainly made a splash in the market lately, becoming a highly sought after trend for homes across the United States as a more exciting option than traditional oak flooring. Known for deep, rich natural coloring and superior hardness, exotic wood species are a way to add a unique touch to your home.

Brazilian Cherry flooring from IndusParquet

Brazilian Cherry flooring from IndusParquet

Some of the more popular exotic wood species include Brazilian Cherry and Santos Mahogany, but there really is a huge selection of exotic species across the spectrum — from light Amendoim to dark Brazilian Walnut and every tone in between.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind if you plan on adding an exotic hardwood floor to your home. Firstly, what you see isn’t necessarily what you get. Exotic hardwood flooring is prone to getting darker and richer in color with exposure to light. It’s important when looking at samples of exotic hardwood flooring from a flooring store to remember that these samples probably have been out of the box for quite awhile and are currently either in the process of maturation or even fully matured. When you open up a fresh box of exotic wood, you’re going to find that the exotic wood boards could be slightly or significantly lighter than what you’re expecting. It’s common for homeowners to panic at seeing these lighter boards, but rest assured, exotic woods do change color and take on richer tones over time with a complete maturation time frame of approximately 6 months.

Secondly, it’s important to keep in mind that exotic wood species typically feature a wide variation of color. For example, with a Brazilian Cherry floor, you could find colors ranging from pale blondes to deep reds and everything in between. It’s always a good idea when looking at samples of exotic hardwoods to look at larger display boards or at least a few samples of different boards (not just one swatch). Brazilian Cherry seems to be one of the most extreme of the exotic wood species when it comes to color variation, but with any of the exotic wood species it’s still a good idea to plan out your room prior to installation. Open up 4 or 5 cartons of the material and actually place boards out mixing from different cartons, making sure to create a balanced appearance across the entire room. Homeowners love the mosaic of colors that exotic woods tend to create once installed and it easily becomes a focal point of any room.

Brazilian Teak from IndusParquet

Brazilian Teak from IndusParquet

Additionally, exotic wood species are typically a lot harder than their domestic counterparts. This doesn’t mean that exotic hardwood flooring needs less care. It’s incredibly important to take good care of exotic hardwood flooring, just as you would any other flooring in your home. Exotic hardwoods can still scratch and dent if you drop something heavy enough on it. Because exotic wood species are harder, the dent might not be as deep — but it will still be there. Take care to regularly sweep or vacuum up dust, dirt and other particles from your hardwood. Clean exotic hardwood flooring with approved hardwood flooring cleaners, such as Bona Kemi, to ensure a beautiful shine. Use chair glides on furniture and mats at doors leading to outside. These steps will ensure a long, beautiful life for your exotic hardwood flooring.

Manufacturers, taking note of this surge in demand for exotics, have made it easier than ever to find exotic wood species in all sorts of flooring constructions: solid, engineered, handscraped, click lock, laminate, vinyl, etc. This makes it convenient for you to add the beauty of exotic wood to virtually any room of your home. For more information on specific exotic wood species, check out our article: Choosing a Hardwood Flooring Wood Species.


Also important when you’re considering an exotic hardwood purchase is the brand. Raw material for exotic hardwood floors typically come from Brazil, although some are found in Peru and other South American countries. To ensure that your exotic hardwood has come from a forest harvested in a environmentally favorable way, it’s best to choose well known brands in the industry: IndusParquet, Nature, and Scandian are all great companies to start your search at. These manufacturers work primarily with exotic wood species and hold main offices and mills in South America. Because these brands typically manufacture right in Brazil, they generally get first dibs on the best raw materials and are able to produce flooring quickly and efficiently. Finished products are then shipped via container to ports in the U.S. (most often in Miami) for distribution throughout the United States. This leads to one of the downsides of exotic hardwood flooring: popular products may involve longer lead times than domestic wood products, simply because they sell out quick and it takes more time to get product across the water and through customs.

Overall, exotic woods are a simple way to add warmth and beauty to your home, creating natural mosaics that will last for years and years.


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