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Exotic Wood Flooring

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At Gaylord hardwood flooring, we offer some very beautiful exotic wood species. We have experimented in manufacturing over 20 species of wood from all over the world. However, we have found that most foreign species do not hold up well in our dry environment and we have settled on only 4 species we are comfortable selling. Jatoba, Tigerwood, Cumaru, and Sucupira. All of these species are from Brazil and purchased from mills that practice sustainable harvesting.

Jatoba is also known as Brazilian Cherry and is probably one of the most commonly used exotic species in hardwood flooring. Jatoba has similar looking characteristics to that of our domestic cherry, but is much harder. In fact, it is 81% harder than red oak. It has a slight red tinge which deepens to a deep red when the wood is fully matured.

Tigerwood is a very unique looking wood that isn’t for the faint of heart. The sapwood of Tigerwood is a brownish white to dirty gray colour, while the heartwood is reddish brown to light golden brown. The species has a very unique wavy, interlocked, irregular grain. It darkens and becomes richer with age. It is roughly 30% harder than red oak.

Sucupira is also known as Brazillian wild walnut. While most of the other Brazilian woods have red undertones, the sucupira is browner making it very popular for clients trying to avoid having red in their floor. It has a very unique grain pattern and some beautiful colour variation. It is softer than the other exotic woods but is roughly the same hardness as hickory which is the hardest North American wood we offer.


Cumaru is also known as Brazillian teak. The cumaru ranges in colour from a light brown to a dark brown with a slight red tinge. It has a nice amount of colour variation; it is less subtle than tigerwood and a little bit more varied than jatoba. It is 2.75 times harder than red oak.

Because these woods are so naturally beautiful, we typically don’t put a stain on them. Since the exotic woods are so dense they are very durable and hold up well in a busy household. If we finish these floors natural, you will be less likely to see gaps between the boards if they occur in the winter months because it is the natural wood all the way through.

If you have any questions about our exotic hardwood floors, don’t hesitate to contact us.