Not those woods! But the wood floors that are growing all around us! Once upon a time, wood was the flooring of aristocrats, moneyed landowners and the early industrialist.  Why? Part of it has to do with the fact that wood was a readily available material that could be worked by artisans into a rich-looking floor that held many different attributes.
 Part of its attraction was that wood is strong. Wood also feels physically warm underfoot as it simultaneously brings visual warmth to a home. Also, wood has innate colors (reds, browns and yellows) as well as textures (its grain plus the tailored lines formed by each piece butted against the next). And wood can be easily fabricated into herringbone, basket weave and other interesting designs.

Today with the blending of technology and craftsmanship, new ways of making better use of each square foot of timber, together with precision manufacturing, factory applied and better on –site finishes and new, stunning species, anyone can have a wood floor fit for a king.

For the king or queen in all of us, there are hardwood floors called “exotics.” They have been used around the world for hundreds of years. Only rather recently have they found their ways to our shores.

The timing has been good. As hardwood flooring began its resurgence in popularity, it got a big boost from exotics largely because they are very different from what we are used to seeing here in North America. Exotics have more and different colors (yes, wood has colors which we can coordinate our décor) and they have very unusual grain. All that spells opportunity for style and texture that makes for a unique, personal statement.

Exotics come in wider planks – more than 3 inches. Think of what you can do with flooring made in a board width of 4 to 8 inches! Or… how you can mix various board widths for a custom look. Look also for what are called thick –sawn engineered planks. These have very thick top layers which are very durable and can withstand full sanding and refinishing.

Like the hand-scraped look, reminiscent of the work of early artisans? You can find that in virtually any exotic wood too.