A closer look at exotic hardwood flooring varieties

A closer look at exotic hardwood flooring varieties

When most people think of hardwood flooring, common varieties like oak, maple, or cherry might come to mind. However, for those looking to step outside the traditional and venture into the realm of the unique, exotic hardwood floors offer a world of stunning options. Let's delve deeper into these captivating choices.

Diverse origins and distinctive looks

Exotic hardwoods are generally sourced from tropical regions, spanning continents from South America to Africa and Asia. What sets them apart is their distinct color palettes, unusual grain patterns, and superior hardness, often making them more durable than their domestic counterparts.

Brazilian cherry: a touch of South America

Known for its rich, reddish-brown hue and impressive hardness, Brazilian cherry (also known as Jatoba) is a popular choice among homeowners. It offers a blend of beauty and brawn, resisting dents and wear effectively.

Teak: Asia's golden gem

Native to Southeast Asia, teak is renowned for its golden-brown appearance and remarkable resistance to moisture and insects. This makes it not just a favorite for indoor flooring but also for outdoor applications.

Ipe: the ironwood allure

Often referred to as "Brazilian Walnut" or "Ironwood," Ipe is among the hardest woods available. Its tight grain and deep brown color, sometimes accompanied by olive undertones, make it a standout choice for those seeking both durability and elegance.

Tigerwood: nature's artistry at play

As the name suggests, Tigerwood boasts a dramatic grain pattern reminiscent of a tiger's stripes. Its vibrant orange hue with dark streaks makes it an eye-catching hardwood flooring choice for modern interiors.

Wenge: African elegance

Originating from Central Africa, Wenge is a dark brown wood, almost black, with fine, closely spaced grain patterns. Its striking appearance is perfect for contemporary spaces aiming for a sophisticated look.

Caring for the exotic

While exotic hardwood floors often boast superior durability, appropriately caring for them is essential. Due to their distinct characteristics, they might react differently to humidity or sunlight compared to domestic woods. Regular maintenance can ensure their lasting beauty.

Visit us for stunning wood flooring options

Choosing exotic hardwood flooring is like inviting a piece of the world into your home. With their unparalleled beauty and robustness, they not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also provide a conversation starter, ensuring that your floors are always the center of attention.

Nielsen Bros & Sons is proud to offer a wide selection of wood flooring. We serve Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, and surrounding areas from our showrooms in Bellevue, Auburn, and Lynnwood, WA.