Hardwood Flooring Wood Species
When it comes to choosing the right wood for your floors, you must consider the differences between domestic and exotic wood. Domestic hardwoods refer to any and all species found in North America like Oak, Birch, Maple and American Cherry. Domestic hardwood flooring is considered to have a warmer, more traditional appearance, and have always been used for Hardwood Flooring in homes across the United States. Exotic Hardwoods are species found around the world, usually coming from the more tropical areas. Exotic Wood Species have a tendency of more color variation from board to board and more unusual grain patterns. Some common exotic species are Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Walnut.
Wood Species Matter
Different hardwood flooring species tend to absorb stains in various ways. Keep this in mind before you choose a particular stain color. Red or white oak floors, tend to be the perfect candidates for staining. These materials are known to absorb stains well, In contrast, exotic wood species such as cherry, maple, mahogany, walnut, etc. have tighter grains and smaller pores, that's why we discourage you from staining them. There’s a great chance you won’t be satisfied with the result. It may be best to enjoy their natural beauty in its unstained state.