Exotic hardwoods have a lot of perks; most notably, your floors will remain dent and scratch free for years to come. Floor Coverings International Winter Garden loves the unique colors and patterns that exotic hardwoods offer. If your Orlando home is interested in exotic hardwood, take a look at three of our favorites.
If a bold-colored hardwood is what you are looking for, mahogany should be your first pick. This wood has a deep, red hue that will darken with age for a contemporary and mature profile. Mahogany has a straight, fine grain that puts the focus on the color of the wood rather than on the markings.
There are numerous types of mahogany, including African, Sapele, West Indian, Cuban, or Honduran. You can expect each variety to resist superficial wear and tear from everyday use. Furthermore, the wood is rot resistant and can stand up to more exposure to moisture than other species. In fact, mahogany is a popular choice for constructing boats. Its durability, beauty, and easy workability also make it a great option for everything from floors to musical instruments!
Teak hardwood is native to Southeast Asia. The wood has a classic, natural brown color with yellow tint and darker brown streaks and grain markings. The natural oils within the wood make teak impervious to termites and other pests. It is not as resistant to denting and scratches as other exotic varieties, but the light and patterned profile will help conceal any damage.
Unfortunately, two of the three dominant teak species have become endangered. If you are tied to the look of teak, make sure you are purchasing from sustainable sources that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. You can also consider using reclaimed teak or laminate, which can mimic the look with a high-resolution image rather than the actual wood, and can even be more durable.
Lastly, we have tigerwood for the wild at heart. This expressive, contrasting wood has a striated pattern in the grain that resembles the stripes of a tiger. Tigerwood generally has a creamy to chocolate brown color that is made distinct by the dark black-brown markings. The colors will deepen and darken over time, but the characteristic tiger stripes will remain prominent.
Tigerwood trees are found in tropical areas in different African countries as well as Brazil. With a Janka score of 1850, it is exceptionally durable and does not require a lot of maintenance. It’s a great choice for those style-conscious homeowners that want to make a bold statement with their flooring.
There are over 100 exotic hardwoods to choose from, but these three provide irresistible style and charm. To take a closer look at mahogany, teak, tigerwood, and more, schedule a free consultation with the Floor Coverings International Winter Garden mobile showroom. Call us today!