shutterstock_2782049Here at Floor Coverings International of Waukesha and Brookfield, we carry everything you’ll need to finally get the flooring of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for carpet, tile, or hardwood flooring, FCI Milwaukee is sure to have what you’re looking for. One thing we pride ourselves on is the sheer breadth of product that we carry, including Luxury Vinyl Tile and all sorts of green flooring. One of our most varied selections of products is in the realm of hardwood flooring. We carry a vast array of domestic hardwood flooring, as well as an incredible variety of exotic hardwood options. Because many of our customers aren’t yet aware of some of the more exotic species of hardwood flooring, we’ve put together a list of some of the coolest exotic hardwood flooring species. Read on to find out more, and contact us today for a free in-home estimate!

Santos Mahogany

Often referred to as Cabreuva, Santos Mahogany is one of our favorite exotic hardwood flooring species. Grown in Mexico and South America, Santos Mahogany shows a medium range of color variation, from a light brown to a darker color. The planks often tend to showcase yellow and red overtones, depending on the color of the sapwood in the hardwood flooring. Santos Mahogany is an incredibly durable hardwood flooring option, and measures in at 2200 on the Janka Hardness scale. The graining in the flooring tends to be straight and smooth, though there is occasionally some curly graining to the flooring. If you’re looking for a durable exotic hardwood flooring species, Santos Mahogany is a great choice.


Tigerwood hardwood flooring, also known as Bolivian Koa, is another South American flooring species. The name Tigerwood comes from the incredible look to this flooring option, which features dark, thick striping on a backdrop of pale gold and medium brown. Tigerwood is another incredibly tough exotic hardwood flooring option, measuring at 2160 on the Janka Hardness scale. Tigerwood hardwood flooring’s sapwood ranges toward dark red to orange-brown and is striped with randomly spaced graining evocative of tiger stripes. Tigerwood hardwood flooring shows full, detailed color through the entire thickness of the wood, which can help in hiding scuffs and stains. If you’re looking for an exotic hardwood flooring option that can handle your family’s needs, Tigerwood may be a great choice.

Jatoba Hardwood

Jatoba hardwood flooring is more often known by its informal name, Brazilian Cherry. When it comes to exotic hardwood flooring, there’s no species more popular than Jatoba. Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring has a golden  hue, and it can have a sapwood that ranges from salmon to reddish-brown. Brazilian Cherry hardwood is one of the firmest on the market, coming in at nearly 2350 on the Janka Hardness scale. Jatoba hardwood features straight graining, which pairs well with the color variations found on Brazilian Cherry flooring. If you really want your home’s flooring to pop, consider Jatoba hardwood flooring.

At Floor Coverings International of Brookfield and Waukesha, we have all the hardwood flooring options you’ll need. Contact us today for your free in-home estimate!

Photo: Mark Bernard