If you are looking for something that can help you come up with wood floors that are
something different and durable then you have to consider installing exotic hardwoods for
that purpose. Compared to other types of hardwood products, the exotic ones offer a good
selection of patterns and colorations – characteristics which are not commonly seen on
traditional and domestic wood flooring. In this article, you will be learning why exotic woods
are called exotic, why they are considered to be extra durable, and how to properly take
care of them.
Exotic Woods: What are They?
Any type of hardwood which comes from the outside parts of the United States is called
exotic hardwood. There are many countries which import such kind of hardwood to the US
and some of these include Brazil, Africa, Australia, and other Far Eastern countries.
Anything that is not native in the lands of the United States are usually considered as exotic
woods and they are highly preferred by many American when it comes to their construction
needs as well as in the installation of wood floors.
As a matter of fact, over a hundred wood species are considered as exotic in the United
States today. All of these hardwood species comes with physical characteristics which prove
to be visually striking and offers an absolutely distinctive look. Standard US hardwoods may
seem to look appealing but when compared to exotic hardwoods, the latter seem to evoke a
set of characteristics which are far beyond compare.
Exotic hardwoods come in either engineered flooring or solid assortments. And when we talk
about solid woods, we are actually referring to single slats of woods while the engineered
ones come with a sandwich of laminated woods with authentic hardwood veneers on the
All types of hardwoods are subject to what we call the Janka Rating. This is a special kind of
measurement where the hardness and durability of hardwoods are rated or gauged. It’s the
standard measuring device of the hardwood industry specifically in the assessment of woods
when it comes to handling pressures as well as in determining the energy required for
sawing and nailing the wood.
According to experts and the US Forestry Lab, exotic wood flooring tends to be much harder
and more durable than other hardwoods out there. Say for example, the Brazilian Teak
comes with a Janka rating of 3,540, something which is highly recommended for homes
with a heavy daily traffic and pets. On the other hand, the African mahogany comes with a
Janka rating of 830 which makes it not an ideal for homes with heavy traffic and pets.
Care & Maintenance
Wood floors made from exotic woods also need proper care and maintenance like the
traditional hardwoods do. Excessive water or moisture exposure should be avoided as this is
considered to be the number one enemy of woods. Sweeping and dusting the hardwood surface should be done regularly to avoid dirt buildup. Avoid using harsh cleaning solutions as they can damage the appearance of the wood; instead, make use of natural cleansing solutions which are highly recommended by your hardwood supplier.