Exotic vs. Domestic Hardwood Flooring: Which is Right for You?

Domestic hardwood flooring is made of woods native to North America
One of the most important decisions to make when choosing hardwood flooring is what kind of wood to use. Different wood species produce distinct colors and grain patterns, meaning they have a big impact on your design, and they also have different practical considerations such as strength and durability. Here at Zack Hardwood Flooring, we recommend starting this decision process by choosing between two broad categories—do you want to go with exotic or domestic hardwood flooring?

  • Exotic – Many people are drawn to exotic wood varieties that create a dramatic visual impact. Tigerwood or lapacho, for instance, have rich color and bold patterns that create a striking impression and an accompanying feeling of luxury. Because they need to be imported, though, exotic hardwoods typically carry a higher price tag, and they may also be more limited in lengths and profiles.
  • Domestic – Domestic hardwood flooring is made of woods native to North America, such as oak, maple, ash, cherry, birch, walnut, or hickory. This kind of flooring creates a traditional, warm appearance that will complement any design, especially as domestic hardwood flooring is available in a wide variety of widths, profiles, and finishes. Here at Zack Hardwood Flooring, we have observed that domestic woods are often better suited to local climates, undergoing less warping over time than exotic varieties. Native woods are also widely available, and often a more economical choice for your floor.

We hope that this article helps you make the best decision when it comes to hardwood floors for your home. If you want more input on domestic vs. exotic wood, you can contact our team to consult one of our experts.