Exotic hardwoods are not the most popular choice for floors. Most people choose domestic woods, and mainly because consumers are unfamiliar with the wood attributes unlike domestic woods. Of all the exotic woods bamboo had seen a rise in popularity due to the sustainability in harvesting and the budget friendly price, but consumers came to realize that bamboo wasn’t as eco-friendly as had been hoped. There are formaldehyde issues, and installation is not as easy as had been hoped. Glue down is not an option due to the kiln dry process. So what about the other exotic wood species? Tigerwood, Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Teak, Brazilian Walnut, and Patagonian Rosewood are all viable flooring options for those who are looking for something a little different in a grain pattern with just as much, if not greater, durability as the domestic hardwoods. “Johnson Hardwood is in the business of sourcing woods for their sustainability, structure, design, and durability”, says Veronica Ventimiglia, marketing manager for Johnson Hardwood. “Exotic hardwoods are prized at Johnson Hardwood for their hardness and outstanding beauty. The grain patterns that can be drawn from the exotic woods are made from nature’s paintbrush.” This article will explain the significance of each species and why they should be considered as a flooring option.
Johnson Hardwood ForverTuff Tigerwood
Tigerwood is known for its bold, dark striping of dark orange and black that resembles tiger stripes. The grain pattern is extremely fine giving the finish an extraordinarily smooth look. Color variations appear as a shading pattern ranging from golden tan to darker orange, brown, and black. On the hardness scale Tigerwood is very durable with a rating of 2160 on the Janka scale. Tigerwood is photosensitive and will deepen in color over time. Tigerwood also provides great wear resistance and experiences minor warping. The heartwood of Tigerwood is resistant to termites and other insects.
Johnson Hardwood ForeverTuff Brazilian Cherry
Brazilian Cherry is probably the most popular of the exotic woods and is commonly used for both flooring and furniture. The Janka rating is 2350 and the grain pattern consists of very tight and long flowing lines where grain patterns can be easily matched among planks for a continuous flooring pattern. Color ranges from light yellows and pinkish reds to darker browns. Brazilian Cherry, in its raw state, absorbs stains easily allowing for a variety of colors including ebony.
Johnson Hardwood Rio Series Brazilian Teak
Brazilian Teak is a stand out wood species, as far as design, amongst the exotics, and has a Janka hardness rating of 3540. Coarse grains make up a pattern similar to fine hairs moving in a wavy design, and when you look closely, planks are speckled with colors of gold, bronze, auburn, dark brown, black, and white. The multiple colors give Brazilian Teak color versatility that can compliment any interior design scheme.
Johnson Hardwood ForeverTuff Brazilian Walnut
Brazilian Walnut is very durable with a Janka rating of 3670 making it an option for both residential and commercial flooring. Dense and fine wood grains form long lines with some radial patterns on flooring planks for a more traditional look. Colors range from pale yellow to a brownish green with fine brown and black lines.
Johnson Hardwood ForeverTuff Patagonian Rosewood
Prized for its durability Patagonian Rosewood tops the charts with a Janka rating of 3840. Color can vary from dark pink to dark red with streaks of black making this wood completely unique from all other exotic woods. Those who are looking to make a bold interior design statement should consider Patagonian Rosewood.