Not all hardwood species are exactly alike. The Janka Hardwood Ranking test has helped homeowners understand where their floors stand on durability and scratch resistance. Now that you know a couple popular wood species from Part One, we will introduce you into some more extremely durable exotic hardwood flooring options which will be great for integrating into your home. These hardwood flooring options are not only dominant in the industry for their strength but also for their unique look and style.
Cabrueva (JHR 2200)
Santos Mahogany is the more common name for this popular exotic wood. This floor is exceptionally durable and is favored for its brown and orange tones and rich colors. This floor option will become richer in cooler when exposed to sunlight and has a wavy grain pattern throughout which adds character to the flooring.
Cumaru (JHR 3540)
Cumaru is one of the hardest options of hardwood flooring available on the market today. This exotic flooring, more commonly known as Brazilian Teak, is incredibly dense with straight, subtle grain patterns throughout it. Cumaru has a unique look with underlying red highlights to the brownish wood.
Sucupira (JHR 3540)
Just as durable as Cumaru, Sucupira is a popular wood choice added in many homes today. This exotic species has a little more character in the grain than a Brazilian Teak and can be identified by its black prints running in some of the grains. This floor is perfect for anyone who needs an extremely scratch-resistant hardwood flooring. Remember, no hardwood is 100% scratch proof, but with ratings this high on the Janka Hardness test, this floor is impeccable.
Brazilian Walnut (JHR 3680)
Brazilian Walnut, also known as Ipe, is perfect for high traffic areas and can be used in commercial application as well. Many homebuyers will choose exotic Brazilian Walnut over domestic American Walnut due to its moderate color variations, warm, robust visual tones, and impeccable toughness. Adding this to your home can give you the comfort of knowing you have one of the toughest hardwood floorings available on the market.
Keep in mind that no hardwood flooring is scratchproof but can be extremely durable. These flooring options are some of the most versatile hardwoods out there but do not feature the vast selection out there. Remember that temperature and moisture can have extreme effects on woods gapping and contracting. Humidity and climate conditions are hardwoods’ enemy and need to be controlled before installation.
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