Welcome back to the Elemental Hardwoods blog, the most in-depth hardwood species series on the web. Today’s blog is an in depth look at Elemental’s Exotic Hardwood Flooring.
Elemental’s solid hardwood flooring program specializes in imported exotic woods. Wood flooring in its simplest format breaks down into UF (unfinished – sand and finish application) and PF (prefinished – no sanding and finishing required). One can find UF and PF flooring in both solid and engineered wood compositions.
Solid Wood UF – These products are primarily sold through wholesale distribution to licensed flooring contractors. UF exotic hardwood flooring is most commonly used in new construction and larger, more extensive remodels. Due to the level of skill required to properly install, sand, and finish a hardwood floor, these are typically not ideal for a DIY project.
Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
Solid Wood PF – These products come out of the box finished and ready to install. Because they don’t require the sand and finish skills of a licensed contractor they are readily sold through flooring wholesalers and retailers, home improvement stores, as well as over the internet.
Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Engineered Wood UF and PF
– These products are sold through the same channels as Solid wood floors and may or may not require the skills of a licensed contractor. The versatility, and added stability, of engineered wood floors allow for easier installation in below grade applications as well as over concrete slabs and radiant heat subfloors.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Elemental South American Exotic Hardwoods
Exotic wood floors are our specialty. All of the species we import are sustainably harvested and Lacey Act compliant. These incredibly unique woods have gorgeous coloring and figure in every piece and tend to rate at the higher end of the hardness scale.
Exotic Hardwood Flooring
Elemental’s hardwood flooring can be analyzed using a number of different variables which are important to consider when one is looking for the best wood flooring product for their specific application:
All are harder than oak (except genuine mahogany). Our Janka scale (on website) gives a hardest to least hard range which can be used to sell when customer indicates that hardness and resistance to marking is important to them. Note that despite wood hardness, finishes will still scratch whether factory finish (PF) or site finish (sand and finish job).
A common selling variable: From rich, dark colors heavy in natural reds and browns to lighter tans, yellows, and creams, there is generally a pleasing option for any customer looking for a certain color tone to match their project.
Our exotic imported hardwoods range from a very figured and color-varied look with wild grain to more uniform color and consistent straight grain visuals. Defining this point can help to focus on the best category to meet the given needs/desires of the project.
Solid wood vs. Engineered. As mentioned, engineered products are the best choice for certain applications – glue-down to concrete slab for example. Elemental is mainly a solid wood flooring company and has fewer offerings in engineered. It should be noted that solid wood flooring can be glued to a concrete slab and is done so more than ever now thanks to many improvements in the adhesive products industry.
Is a certain thickness desired or required for a particular job? This will direct the sale. Elemental is strongest in solid ¾” thick and has few offerings in thinner products, which in solid wood are not nearly as common.
While our exotics are generally more expensive than domestic woods, we do still have a range of prices. Defining a specific budget, combined with other desirable characteristics, will help to identify a category of products to consider.
Elemental offers both FSC and non-FSC products. All of our wood floors are sustainably harvested from natural forests and/or plantation grown. For more specific environmental information about our wood species and the forests they come from, please visit our website at www.Elementalusawood.com.
Exotic hardwoods vs. Domestic woods:
Elemental’s exotic hardwood flooring is harder, denser and generally more durable than domestic woods such as Oak, Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Ash, & Hickory. Additionally, their stunningly beautiful colors, graining, and figuring are unmatched when compared to domestic species.
Many UF and PF domestics, especially Oak, have become commodity items that are primarily sold based on price and price alone. Elemental’s exotic hardwoods are a unique, value-added, niche product, which will personalize and add special character to any installation.
If you have any questions regarding our beautiful collection of Exotic Hardwood Floors, please don’t hesitate to contact us.