Hardwood flooring has been a popular trend in Columbia homes for years. The timeless beauty and durability of the wood make it an excellent investment for homeowners. More and more often, people are considering exotic hardwood flooring species when selecting new floors for a home or office. Learn more about the pros and cons of exotic hardwood from the experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia.
Facts about Exotic Hardwood Flooring
While solid and engineered domestic hardwoods have become commonplace materials for flooring in dining rooms, living rooms and hallways, exotic hardwood flooring has gained the attention of a range of homeowners in Columbia. Exotic wood refers to any wood species that is sourced from outside the U.S. Many exotic wood materials come from tropical locations, such as Brazil.
Another characteristic of exotic hardwood flooring is the hardiness of the wood and its ability to withstand scratches and dents. Some exotic hardwood types include Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Walnut (also known as Ipe), Sapele Mahogany, Tigerwood, Australian Cypress, and Kempas. There are many benefits and drawbacks to having exotic hardwood flooring installed into your home.
Advantages to Exotic Hardwood Flooring
One of the most distinguishing features of exotic hardwood flooring is its beauty. The wood planks come in vivid, rich colors with striking wood grains that can be seen throughout the surface. In addition, many hardwood species of this kind will have contrasting colors throughout a single plank. You may see light tans and dark blacks mixed along the surface.
Another advantage lies in the durability of exotic hardwood flooring. Certain species can stand up to daily wear and tear, humidity and moisture. So they are a perfect flooring type to place in high traffic areas and to have throughout your home if you have kids or pets.
Disadvantages to Exotic Hardwood Flooring
One immediate disadvantage is the price. When compared to prices for domestic hardwood flooring, exotic hardwood is almost always higher. This high price is because they must be harvested in different foreign locations and be shipped to North America. Another disadvantage is that some species, such as Brazilian Walnut, can be difficult to install due to its hardness level.
Also be aware that several exotic hardwoods are sensitive to sunlight and to objects placed on the surface. Some species will have its color fade from the sunlight, while others will darken. Some exotic hardwood flooring will also require extra maintenance to keep it looking beautiful throughout the years.
Getting Exotic Hardwood Flooring for Your Home
Some people fall in love with exotic hardwood flooring due to its wonderful colors and strength. Other people have problems with this type of flooring because of its contrasting colors, increased price and higher levels of maintenance. Consider all the pros and cons before installing exotic hardwoods in your home.
Our team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East can help. Contact us for a free in-home consultation and we will come to you with our mobile showroom to help you find the perfect hardwoods for your Columbia home.
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