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Old 01-25-2011, 01:44 PM   #1
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I like the look of the exotic hardwood...
can anyone tell me the pros and cons of this stuff?
are they all engineered wood???
don't know much about them but like the look of some of them.

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Most exotic hardwoods come from South American rain forests. They do have a better look than our native woods. They come in solid and engineered. South American woods are from a very wet climate. North of the equator it is a drier climate. When you bring a wood from the south to the north it has a tendency to exspand and cotract more, therefore you will have more and larger gaps between the joints in the winter. I would choose a quality engineered over a solid. The reason being is the solid wood expands and contracts more than an engineered. Engineered woods are much more stable. They are still a nice floor to have in your home.

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this is the kind of info i was looking for...
thanks so much!
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Definitely agree with the engineered you get al the same looks and you come out paying less which is also a good thing. Hit the nail on the head with the backside of engineered being cross stranded plywood it does not react to higher humidity levels like solids or even laminates. What I also like is the ability to fix the floor but cutting a board out of the center of the floor and glueing a new back down in its spot.
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I have Brazilian Cherry hardwood in my living and dining rooms. It is absolutely beautiful, but a bit high maintenance. It came pre-finished and varies in color from plank to plank. It really is gorgeous and I get a lot of compliments on it. One con that the retailer failed to mention (that I have found out is true of all exotic hardwoods) is that if you have a piece of furniture or an area rug over the floor that it will seriously discolor the area that is not exposed to light. Mine got a very light color compared to the rest of the floor. When I called the retailer he then explained it to me, and that if I left the area open to the air that the color would return in time, which it did.
I just wish I had known this before I bought it because I may not have chosen it for that reason.
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wow good info thanks so much!
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Most hardwoods from South America will darken over time (6 months to a year). Our American cherry does the same thing. You should not put any area rugs on the floor for this period. If you do the floor around the rug will darken. If you end up moving the rug later, it will take a while for that area to catch up with the rest of the floor.
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thanks for the info.
i went to the website...very nice and very helpful.

i have reqested a brochure!

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I guess now I am wondering what the pros and cons are of reclaimed engineered wood?
I have heard some people love them and some don't.

Any advise in this area would be helpful.

Thanks!
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im not sold on engineered hardwoods. Because they are engineered with a layer or multiple layers of plywood and adhered to a veneer of exotic wood. exotic wood moves and plywood does not...seems bad to me
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thanks.
what do you mean by exotic wood moves and plywood does not?
it actually moves? do you mean contracts/expands but the plywood does not?
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I think what they are saying is that exotic woods expand and contract more than domestics. The problem with that thinking is that most all exotics are manufactured in the country of origin. There for the plywood is from the same place the exotic wood is from. They will expand and con tract the same.
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thanks once again!
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engineered hardwoods will Shrink & swell more in the length then the width . So you might see some gaps at the end joints during the drier months .

Also you want to wear a mask when cutting exotics .
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i'll be leaving that up to the builder.
i won't be doing this stuff - having house built and trying to get informed, if possible, before i make some big mistakes!

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