Comparing The Different Types Of Hardwood Flooring

by Editor on May 31, 2013

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Having a new hardwood floor fitted in your home is a wonderful decision to make, but you must consider your purchase carefully because you’ll have important issues to settle:  cost, style, fitting and color, for starters.  We’ll look at a range of different, more exotic types of hardwood flooring, along with the issues of price and style:

1) Bamboo Hardwood Flooring:  This is an environmentally friendly product ranging in price anywhere from $4 to $6 a square foot. For example, if you are flooring a room that is 12 x 12, expect to pay between $575 and $1870. This is the ideal flooring for someone who wants style and space.

2) Tigerwood Flooring :  This is normally inexpensive engineered wood starting at just $2.79 a square foot; however, while it may be one of the more inexpensive options, the quality and beauty of this wooden flooring are more than exotic. It is mostly available in a variety of caramel colors.

3) Brazilian Cherry:  This beautiful red wood flooring is one of the most popular choices at the moment.  As it ages, its color deepens, keeping its exotic look for years to come.  It can also be made into matching furniture as well if you like.  It starts at $2.79 a square foot for engineered wood up to $6.69 for a distressed variety. The solid wood range starts at $3.69 and goes up to $9.12; the price will depend on how big the planks are and what type of distressing technique you prefer.

4) Amendoim:  You will also see this flooring under the name of “Brazilian Oak,” but it is a red wood from South America.  It isn’t quite as red as cherry, but it is just as beautiful. It will look its best if you stick with near-natural colors.  For engineered varieties, expect to pay anywhere between $2.89 and 6.69 a square foot, while solid varieties will set you back $4.09 to $7.70.

5) Brazilian Walnut:  This is one of the strongest of all the hardwoods.  It comes in a range of natural colors—olive through dark chocolate to black—and it can contain natural wood swirls as well.  Expect to pay between $4.63 and $11.99, and this option is available only in solid wood.

6) Santos Mahogany:  This flooring has wonderfully rich colors, reminiscent of a sunset, with grain marks second to none. Considering the sheer beauty of the product, it is priced very reasonably, starting at $3.19 to $6.69 for engineered and $4.99 to $13.85 for the solid option.  It comes in a different sizes, but only one natural color; however, if you change the color, you change the look, and that will detract from the real beauty of this floor.

Make sure you do enough research before you make your purchase. Talk to exotic hardwood experts and buy only from an authorized outlet.  There are many options to choose from and it is advisable to make sure you are dealing with a reputable dealer.

About the Author

Neil Farrington is a regular blogger and writes about Home Improvement projects.  For more information please visit  NJFlooringOutlet.com or come visit the Showroom Outlet in Fairfield NJ.

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