Rare & Exotic Wood in Birmingham
Also known as Brazillian Cherry, Jatoba wood flooring finds its origins in Mexico, the West Indies and parts of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. This somewhat lustrous wood is well-known for its hardness and durability under duress. In fact, Jatoba ranks much higher on the hardness scale than more common flooring choices like Oak, Ash or Maple. Outside of flooring, it can also be found in usage for railroad ties and tool handles.
While the sapwood of Jatoba is a gray-white, the heartwood ranges from a light red to an orange-brown color when freshly cut. Upon seasoning and installation, the wood reveals a deep russet or reddish brown coloring over time as it is exposed to natural sunlight and other artificial light sources. This trend along with its inherent beauty, rich coloring, and unparalleled durability have made it one of the most popular choices when installing a floor in a modern home.
Kempas Wood is a derives from the rainforest tree known as Koompassia Malaccensis. Found mainly in tropical climates like Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, the Koompassia tree is known to reach heights well over 100 feet tall.
Flooring made from Kempas is very hard and rates just under twenty percent higher on the hardness scale than a typical floor made from oak or maple. This hardness makes it a great candidate for better enduring the normal wear and tear that flooring can go through. Because of this, Kempas wood is widely known for retaining is overall smoothness much longer than traditional flooring choices.
In its natural state, the sapwood has a very light yellow or almost white coloring, while the heartwood gives off a much deeper and darker reddish-orange tint. The woodgrain boasts a tight, interwoven pattern in the fashion of the much harder to attain Black Cherry Walnut.
Teak wood flooring is extremely durable, resistant to termite infestations, water, snow and fungus. Other benefits of this type is its uncredible resistance to chipping, dents, dings, and scratches. These floors are great for families with very active lifestyles as well as familes that have indoor pets, as teak wood is eaily resistant to animal claws. This is a very dense hard wood flooring that can range in color from natural to brown or redish brown. Handscraped hardwood floors have a natural worn apperance, making this flooring look like floors made in the past. Teak hardwood floors are a great floor choice for any home or business owner. The main draw back of this type of hardwood floor is that the cost is considerably higher than many other hardwood floors.
Tigerwood wood flooring derives its name from its color and grain patterns that give it the appearance of a tiger. Found mainly in parts of Latin America and Brazil, it comes from the Astronium Fraxinifolium tree and besides its wide usage in home flooring, it has also been known to be used in boat building as well as in fine furniture.
As a flooring option, Tigerwood's hardness falls somewhere on the scale between two of the harder known options, Pecan and Hickory. A highly durable wood with a high resistance to beetle attack, the wood remains sound and stable over time and is reported to have no odor whatsoever.
The sapwood shows a ash brown to mottled gray tint, while the heartwood ranges from a red-brown to golden-brown. The tree itself has a mottled and irregular grain, which provides it it's tiger-like appearance. Tigerwood has a medium to dull luster and is fine in texture.
Cabreuva is a specific kind of tree that originates in Paraguay. The hardness of the tree itself and its resistance to mold make it a popular choice for highly durable flooring in the home. Online builders often showcase Cabreuva in their designs as it provides the necessary stunning visuals to make flooring presentations pop.
Cabreuva wood possesses an intrinsically uniform and straight wood grain and a defined texture that can range from fine to medium. Its typical color pallet most often travels between yellow and a light red or salmon tint when the tree has been freshly cut. Over time after a tree has been cut, the color will mature to a deep, reddish-born hue. When exposed to an intense light source over a long period of time, the wood flooring will show anywhere from very moderate to a somewhat pronounced color variation.
Previously popular as a wood option for outdoor deck work, Ipe wood flooring has also become a go-to option for refinishing floors in historic homes or consumer homes with a high human traffic volume. If you prefer a wood finish to your flooring in lieu of carpeting, Ipe is a the perfect compliment to your home. It will show little sign of use and provide a permanent and stylish protection to your dwelling.
Also referred to as Brazillian Walnut, Ipe trees are found mainly in the rainforest areas of Brazil, Guyana and Suriname. Known for it's dark, olive brown coloring highlighted with light and dark streaks, it also boasts a fine texture with a slightly oily, yet attractively shiny finish. Overall, the flooring is very resistant to all strains of termites, decay fungi and other pests and is famed for it's incredible resistance to water.
Hardwood flooring creates a beautiful ambience in any type of room. Blacknut is a type of solid wood flooring that creates a character-filled room. Gorgeous colors range from a chocolate brown to red to cream and the grooves make the look of this flooring absolutely flawless. Blacknut is a hard wood with planks that are full of original beauty and each plank is unique. The tongue and groove style of this type of floor adds to its unique quality. Blacknut can be found as original or engineered wood, both equally as pleasing. This type of floor is made for people who want to create beauty in a room from the floor up. This is the floor to choose if you want to keep a timeless look of natural beauty within your home or office.
Primarily found in Brazil and other parts of South America, the Lapacho tree has become one of the more popular wood choices in modern home flooring. It's overall toughness has helped it find a home not just in the world of flooring, but for other more extreme uses such as railroad ties, harbor ties and outdoor decking.
Lapacho is well known for іtѕ impressive durability and possesses one οf the highest overall rankings for hardwood flooring. Besides its structural integrity, this wood іѕ a perfect сhoісе for resistance to moisture and pests. Its dense cell makeup aids it in being a natural deterrent to insects, decay and all types of mold.
But Lapacho is more than just durable and tough, it is also incredibly appealing to the eye. Its light to dark olive brown colors mixed with contrasting yellow-gray or gray-brown tones make it a stunning addition to any home.
The wood of the Merbau tree has long been a popular flooring option, but has also found usage in furniture manufacturing, cabinets and wooden musical instruments. The tree can be found in the Indo-Malayan region, as well as in the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, and many of the western Pacific islands. On the hardness scale, Merbau is often closely compared to that of Teak and Hickory which makes it one of the hardest and most durable flooring options available on the market.
Upon cutting, the heartwood of Merbau boasts a yellow to light brown color, but over time it will mature to a deep brown or red-brown. The grain of this overall coarse wood varies from straight to wavy. One of its more interesting properties are the yellow flecks that appear in the surface of the woodgrain. It's a stunning look that gives off the appearance of being lined with gold.
Hickory wood floors are durable enough to install in rooms that have a very high traffic volume. Hickory wood has many different grades, which allows you to create different designs and looks depending on your personal preferences. Using hickory flooring is a great way to create a rustic style or the traditional log cabin look. This specific type of flooring have less knots as well as more consistant grain than many other types of wood flooring. These floors can be chosen depending on the stain (these vary from natural to dark stains), look (distressed or natural), edge type(Square Edge / Square Ends, Beveled Edge / Beveled Ends) and instuilation method(Glue or Floating, Glue or Staple or Floating) as well as the average Length or thickness which ranges from Â½ an inchto 3/8th of an inch.
With the rest of the world gravitating towards green solutions that have a low impact on the environment, it makes sense that the world of wood flooring would follow suit. Mulberry wood flooring has become an extremely popular addition to modern homes in recent years. Using a strand woven process that utilizes recycled tree branches, it provides what is not only a low impact, environmental solution, but creates a tough, dense material that can stand up to the most demanding of situations.
Available in a light and natural wood grain finish as well as a deep walnut brown finish, Mulberry can be a gorgeous addition to any modern home that wants to cut down on it's impact on the environment. The subtle color variations can adapt to any room in your home and have a distinguished way of tying your home's design together.
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