The decision of what type of hardwood flooring to choose for your Princeton home is not always easy or straightforward. It’s a big investment, and the decision will make all the difference in the look and feel of your home. Some factors for consideration include color, finished vs. unfinished, hardness, and price. But one variable is also deciding between domestic vs. exotic hardwood. Learn the difference in our latest blog from the experts at Floor Coverings International® of Hillsborough.
What is the Difference Between Domestic and Exotic Hardwood?
As you’d probably expect, domestic hardwood is wood that’s grown in North America. It includes varieties of Maple, American Cherry, Red Oak, Hickory, and American Walnut. Because domestic hardwoods are more common, they also tend to be more economical compared to exotic hardwood. Due to the cost and ready availability, domestic hardwood is often a popular choice.
Exotic Hardwood is grown in Africa, Australia, and South America, with varieties that include Australian Cypress, Brazilian Tigerwood, Santos Mahogany, Brazilian Teak, and Caribbean Heart Pine. Exotic hardwood is rare, unique, and thus more expensive. Export considerations and also the shipping costs can also affect the cost.
Why Would You Consider Using Domestic vs. Exotic Hardwood?
If you’re looking for a striking, standout hardwood solution that’s unique for your Princeton home, Exotic hardwood may be the best fit for your needs. Domestic hardwood flooring is generally considered to have a more warm and traditional appearance. Exotic hardwood tends to rank higher on the Janka hardness scale, whereas domestic hardwoods tend to be softer. However, with modern finishes, both will have great longevity.
Next Step: Hardwood Consultation
Knowing the best hardwood solution for your Princeton home can be tricky, and that’s why the experts at Floor Coverings International® of Hillsborough are here to help. Our specialists will answer any questions you may have, and work with you to find the perfect fit for your style and budget. We’ll walk you through the entire process from the selection through the installation. Schedule a free in-home design consultation with a hardwood specialist today. We are proud to serve Hillsborough, Flemington, Princeton and the surrounding areas.
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