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“Your knowledge of the various wood species and the complexities associated with each one is very assuring. I would highly recommend you and your company to anyone considering installing new wood flooring.”
-- Dominick S., General Contractor

Mother Earth has provided us with a huge variety of wood species, each with its own character, color, grain pattern, and hardness.  These are dark, some almost black in color, showing the rich tones of nature. Create any color of the rainbow by adding a stain that can completely change the look of the wood, or merely enhance its character. We can provide you with hardwood flooring information and samples from our showroom for all of the woods on the list.

Chris has almost 3 decades of experience in installing exotic woods and many of the species listed below are represented in our portfolio. Most of these species are available in solid and engineered, and both prefinished and unfinished.  We have what you need for installation in your Tampa Bay home!

Visit our showroom to view these beautiful woods and learn which ones will be best in your home.


Bloodwood Flooring Tampa
Bloodwood: The heartwood of this species varies from a grayish red to a deep, rich crimson, with a fine and smooth texture, and a straight grain. This wood is quite lustrous and may have variegated red and yellow stripes, which if left untreated, ages to a deep brown color. A very hard wood flooring species, Bloodwood is one hundred and twenty-four percent harder than red oak.

bocote hardwood
Bocote: A particularly fine, beautiful wood, ranging in color in the heartwood from light to golden brown, with irregular blackish streaks, while the sapwood can be grayish or yellowish. Its grain is usually straight or shallowly interlocked. Bocote is sixty-one percent harder than white oak.

Brazilian Cherry wood flooring Tampa
Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba): This South American hardwood is brownish-red color, deepening over time. Its remarkable hardness makes it an extremely popular and appealing wood.

Brazilian Walnut (Ipe) Flooring Tampa
Brazilian Walnut (Ipe): Brazilian Walnut is one of the most durable woods in the world.  A beautiful chocolate to dark brown colored wood with exceptionally fine graining, it is extremely hard, making it ideal for both residential and commercial applications.   This wood has quite a bit of color variation and is recommended for jobs where this variation is desired.

Coconut Palmwood Flooring Tampa
Coconut (Palmwood): Coconut wood flooring comes from plantation grown Coconut Palms, which grow in abundance throughout much of the world. Palms produce nuts for up to 80 years, and then non-production palms are removed and replaced. Coconut Palm lumber can vary greatly in color and density.

Cumaru or Brazilian Teak wood floors Tampa.
Cumaru (Southern Chestnut, also, Brazilian Teak): Due to the extensive range of colors in this species, it is usually sold as two different color sorts. The lighter Cumaru ranges from champagne to medium brown and the darker Cumaru is usually a brown to reddish brown color. The species has an irregular, slightly interlocked grain that is coarse and wavy in texture.

Ebony Wood Flooring Tampa
Ebony: The sapwood of African Ebony darkens to a pale red brown, whereas the heartwood shows a uniform jet-black or black-brown color, sometimes with streaks and may have an almost metallic appearance. Fine textured, Ebony’s grain ranges from straight to interlocked, or even moderately curly. Ebony is extremely hard, heavy, and strong, and very resistant to termite attack. Ebony is seldom used for wood flooring except in inlay work.

Leopardwood Flooring Tampa
Leopardwood: The sapwood of Leopardwood is brownish-red while the heartwood is more chocolate-brown in color. It has a tight grain. Leopardwood is similar in appearance to Lacewood but has a darker, redder color.

Merbau Wood Flooring Tampa
Merbau: When freshly cut, the heartwood of Merbau is a yellowish to orange-brown color, and darkens after time to brown or red brown. The surface of the boards may have yellow “flecking” in the pores; and when finished, the wood may appear almost flecked with gold. Merbau is one of the most hard and durable wood floor options, and is very stable.

Mequite Wood Flooring Tampa
Mesquite: Considered a pest by ranchers in the Western United States where it grows wild, Mesquite is high in character, with ingrown bark and mineral streaks. This specie’s color is light to dark reddish brown with a pronounced grain. It is a very strong and dense wood.

Padauk Flooring Tampa
Padauk: Although the sapwood of Padauk tends to be a very uniform cream or pale beige color, the heartwood is prized for its rich reddish orange tone which over time seasons nicely to a dark reddish- or purple-brown color, or even black. Padauk has a moderately coarse texture, with large pores and a grain that can be straight or interlocked. Hard and stable it is heavy and strong and has an average to high durability with high resistance to decay.

purpleheart wood
Purpleheart: The off-white or lighter cream color of the sapwood of Purpleheart wood flooring contrasts sharply with the heartwood, which is brown when freshly cut, changing to a deep, vibrant purple or purplish brown over time. Purpleheart is a very hard, dense, strong wood, with a varying grain.

Red Oak Hardwood Floors
Red Oak: Red Oak is the most common flooring option in the U.S. It is light beige to wheat colored, with a slight red overtone. Oak has a coarse grain. Red Oak is a stiff and dense wood that resists wear.

rosewood
Rosewood: Rosewood is a broad grouping of wood species (Latin name Dalbergia).  Many woods that are sold for wood flooring by the name of Rosewood are not Dalbergia, but are given the name Rosewood as a marketing device because it is a familiar word and easy to say.  Dalbergia is seldom used in wood flooring due to its high cost.

African Rosewood Flooring Tampa
African Rosewood (Bubinga): African Rosewood is a beautiful dense hardwood with a rose-colored background and darker purple striping.  Very uniform in color and graining, African Rosewood undergoes a medium degree of color change, from a pinkish rose color when freshly milled to a burgundy red color when fully aged.

Padauk Flooring Tampa
Asian Rosewood (Padauk): The sapwood of Asian Rosewood of tends to be a very uniform cream or pale beige color, while the heartwood is prized for its rich reddish orange tone which over time, seasons to a dark red or purple-brown, or even black. A hard and stable wood, Asian Rosewood has a moderately coarse texture, with large pores and a grain that can be straight or interlocked.

Santos Mahogany wood floors
Santos Mahogany: Santos Mahogany is a dark, reddish brown wood, with moderate color variation, and a beautiful fine grain pattern. Similar in color to Brazilian Cherry, many prefer the refined look of this wood. A very hard wood, it is also quite stable.

Tigerwood (Goncalo Alves) Floors
Tigerwood:The sapwood of Tigerwood is brownish-white to gray, while the heartwood is reddish-brown to light golden-brown in color with pronounced black streaks running in irregular patterns through the boards. Tigerwood is known best for its exotic graining and is 30% harder than oak.

Walnut Wood Floors
Walnut: The nearly white sapwood of Walnut contrasts strongly to the heartwood, which ranges in color from a deep, rich dark, almost chocolate brown to a purplish black. There is a wide variation of color, figure, and grade within the species. Although Walnut is somewhat soft, the wood is heavy, hard, and stiff and has excellent stability.

Wenge Wood Flooring Tampa
Wenge: When freshly cut, the heartwood of Wenge is a yellow-brown color, but in a few months it darkens to a deep, uniform brown, almost black, with alternate layers of light and dark tissue, forming a decorative figure. In contrast, the sapwood is yellowish-white. Wenge is very hard, heavy, and durable, with an excellent stability.

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