Exotic hardwood flooring species can provide a home with a unique and elegant look. Exotics come in a wide range of colors and grains that provide an sophisticated look that is one of a kind. These woods are know for being strong, durable, and less prone to termites than the domestic species. Keep in mind that these woods should be purchased from companies that follow conservation standards and sustainability practices. Metro Atl. Floors stays stocked in top of the line exotic flooring products and is familiar with the installation nuances of each wood species.
Brazilian Cherry is one of the most popular choices for hardwood floors. The tree can be found in rain forests and grow up to 150 feet high with a diameter of 6 feet. Interestingly, the tree exudes a gum like substance that has use in western medicine. Brazilian Cherry wood is characterized by a deep red-brown color and is extremely dense.
African Mahogany can be found in, obviously, Africa as well as Latin America. A good amount of the wood is imported from Ghana, which is significant because the country has had a sustainable forestry program since 1910. The tree can exceed 150 feet tall and has a diameter of over 6 feet. The wood’s color varies depending on how recently it was cut. The original color of the wood, yellow to salmon pink, transitions to a darker and deeper red-brown as the wood gets older.
Brazilian Tigerwood (Koa)
This exotic wood has a unique design with its vibrant range of colors and contrasting stripes. The tree is native to South America and can grow up to 120 feet tall and has a diameter of 5 feet. The wood is characterized as being strong, dense, and capable of holding up to the wear of high foot traffic. There is a dark striping found throughout the wood and truly resembles the look of a tiger.
Rosewood is a rare and especially beautiful wood that is found in South America. Typically the wood is straight grained, but at times the grain can also be in a wave patter or streaks. The color of the wood is brown with a purple tinge. The wood is characterized by a moderately fine texture and is hard and durable.
If you have any questions or would like to see some exotic sames gives us a call at 404 550 7853. If you are curious about the differences between exotics and domestics check out our previous blog article on the subject. Don’t forget to be sure that you, or your installer, check to make sure that these exotic woods are coming from a supplier that practices sustainability.