When you are building your home or deciding to renovate and modernize, there is a nearly endless list of decisions to make. Most are fun and let you put a personal touch onto the house and to make it truly yours, but one of the most important choices that need to be tackled is the type of flooring you will use.

Everyone is looking for the hot thing to make their home stand apart, and, above all, hardwood floors are back with a bang! One of the sure-fire ways to make your house stand apart and keep your home on the trend is through the rising popularity of exotic hardwood flooring!

Exotic vs. Domestic

There are many pros and cons to the exotic versus domestic wood debate. Their appearance, color retention, and structural integrity are just a few of the factors that are evaluated and weighed against each other. There are many specific distinctions between wood types all over the world, but here we have compiled the general and overall differences of these two styles of wood for you to have a solid idea of the pros and cons or each.

Domestic woods like American Cherry and Oak tend to be cheaper across the board; their locations make them beyond a doubt more economical and easier to attain. Also, their deep, natural colors are guaranteed to blend in and tie in nearly any room theme. With that said, however, their longevity and aesthetic value are below that of the exotic Purple Hearts, Ebony, and Australian Cypress choices. Exotic woods are of an undeniably high caliber; their firmness alone is much more than that of domestic wood here in the US.

Domestic wood, in terms of structural integrity, tends to be soft while exotics are the opposite. Their hardness is usually in the low and medium-range, in stark contrast to exotic woods which are known for their nearly unyielding firmness which contributes to their longevity and aversion to decay. Now, having softer hardwood floors is not the end of the world. Low to medium-firm flooring will still stand the test of time and provide strong support for a home, but it is not as resistant to the effects of outside elements.

Appearance and Color

Another major difference between exotic and domestic woods lies in their appearances. The dark and neutral tones of the domestic woods have dominated the housing industry for the better part of this century. Carpet has been torn up ever since the early 2000s and dark woods have taken its place, adding to the home’s overall look and value.

But for the past few years, the rich reds, stark and lighter colors often seen from the exotic wood styles are popping up more and more. Their clean, close and complex grain patterns are eye-catching, giving them a fresh and modern feel. Their naturally oily surfaces also lock in their rich colors from bright lights to the deepest browns and blacks for far longer than domestics do. This color retention saves time and money in the long run and makes restoration a breeze in the years down the line.


Overall, you have a wide array of variables to weigh and value in your decision. It is undeniable that exotic tends to be on the more expensive side than domestic, but for those looking to stand apart from the crowd there are few things as eye-catching and head-turning than exotic wood choices.

Choices like Bamboo, light and airy Canary wood, and even the rich reds of Jarrah wood are becoming more and more prevalent. Homeowners that are looking for statement-making pieces and wood are going more and more towards the shades and durability the exotic wood provides.

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