Here at Floor Coverings International Waukesha, we know hardwood. Homeowners in the greater Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee area trust our years of experience and expert advice when buying new hardwood floors. Most of the hardwood we sell is domestic, which means that it is grown and harvested in North America. Species like white oak, maple, and hickory are the most popular domestic hardwood species. For some Waukesha families, however, the beauty and intrigue offered by exotic hardwood is too much to resist. Read on for more information about why exotic hardwood is a great option for your family.
Many homeowners use their flooring to make a statement. It’s easy to stand out from the crowd when you choose exotic hardwood because many exotic hardwood species have unique aesthetics. Brazilian cherry, or Jatoba, for example, is known for its deep red hue and subtle wood grain. Indulge in the rich, brown tones of mahogany—although once a domestic hardwood, most of it is now grown in South America— or choose teak for something rustic or nautical.
Tough and Built to Last
Another major benefit of exotic hardwoods is their durability compared to domestics. The strength of hardwood flooring is measured on the Janka hardness scale. The higher the number, the more resistant that hardwood will be to dings and scratches. Common domestic hardwoods, such as red oak or birch have scores in the 1,200–1,400 range. The toughest domestic hardwood, hickory, has a Janka hardness rating of 1,820.
Yet, no domestic hardwood comes close to exotic wood species. Brazilian cherry has a rating of 2,820, and Brazilian walnut comes in at 3,680. Even the softer exotic hardwoods, such as tigerwood (2,160) and mahogany (2,200) have high scores.
But what do those numbers even mean? With a high Janka score, your hardwood requires less maintenance and will surely last for generations. Worry less about wear and tear and focus more on enjoying your home.
In the market for new exotic hardwood flooring? Reach out to the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Waukesha. We proudly serve the greater Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee area.
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