Nova Top 5 Exotic Hardwoods

By Ben Nystrom, 02/08/12

At Nova, we're proud of all of our hardwood flooring products. From the classic beauty of White Oak to the eye-catching striping of TigerWood, we stand behind each variety of domestic and exotic hardwood flooring we carry. However, there are a few species that are the most popular with our clients and staff alike. The following are five of our most beloved exotic hardwood flooring products we carry. Enjoy!

Acacia:

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Acacia hardwood flooring is popular with retail sellers and customers looking for a sophisticated, classy flooring material. It has a beautiful assortment of browns, red-oranges, and light yellows, and is one of the most durable and dimensionally-stable we offer. Whether you're looking for a versatile material to match multiple decor schemes or a sophisticated look to fit in only one room, acacia hardwood flooring is a great choice.

Brazilian Cherry:

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Also known as Jatoba, Brazilian Cherry is a tough, attractive hardwood that features a reddish-brown heartwood, dark black streaks, and hints of white and yellow. The color contrast and striping gives the wood an eye-catching depth that is hard to match. It is also very durable, with a Janka hardness rating of 2,350 pounds and great dimensional stability.

Cumaru:

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Cumaru hardwood flooring is imported from Brazil and features a medium brown color, an irregular, interlocked grain pattern, and wavy, coarse texture. Cumaru is a very dense hardwood species, making it naturally resistant to boring insects, wood rot, and other common forms of decay. It is stylistically versatile, too, perfect for dining rooms, bedrooms, and even bathrooms and kitchens.

Ipe:

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Because of its dense cell structure, ipe hardwood flooring is unparalleled in its ability to stand up to foot traffic, moisture, insect infestations, and other types of decay. It is also a beautiful flooring material. Its heartwood is a pleasing olive-brown with yellow-grey tones and it has a fine, tight grain pattern. And did we mention it has a Class A fire rating? That's the same class of fire-retardant material as steel.

Patagonian Rosewood:

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We love Patagonian Rosewood mainly because it is such a fun hardwood species. Also known as Curupau, it is a versatile flooring material with a dark brown heartwood, pale pink and yellow tones, and dark, crossed grain pattern. Like most of our exotic hardwoods, it is naturally durable and resistant to scratches, scrapes, and impacts.

Now that you know some of our favorite exotic hardwood flooring varieties, we want to hear from you! What are your favorite exotic wood species? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

By Ben Nystrom, 02/08/12

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