The term Exotic Hardwood Flooring generally refers to wood species which are not native to North America. Many of the more well know species come from South America, Asia, and Africa. Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Teak, Brazilian Walnut and Acacia are some of the most well known. While the native or domestic wood types will include Oak, Maple, Birch, and Hickory.
Exotic hardwood flooring species are typically more rich in color and also more dense than domestic wood species. But as Exotic hardwood flooring species come from tropical areas which have been heavily exploited for their resources, flooring made from these Exotic hardwoods can sometimes be difficult to find and rather expensive.
However, the expense and wait can be well worth it, as these floors can bring a sophisticated, warm & "exotic" look to any room.
Some of the most popular exotic hardwood types are listed below.