Bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood. It regenerates faster than wood, typically regenerating within four to eight years of sprouting, making it a truely green
renewable resource. The process of milling partially determines its quality and performance. There are over 1200 species of bamboo and most of which are not appropriate for flooring. This accounts for the wide range of prices and performance of bamboo products available on the market. Buying from a reputable manufacturer is imperative. The adage about getting what you pay for is the same with bamboo as with other items.
There are two ways to harvest bamboo, by cutting the shaft vertically or horizontally. This gives two distinct looks. The vertical cut makes the product harder and more stable than the horizontal cut. "Carbonization" is actually cooking the bamboo, so that the color changes all the way through the board, as opposed to staining just the top layer. This is important because bamboo can be refinished and will retain the original color you purchased it at, if it is carbonized.
(Also known as Jatoba) is one of the hardest woods available for flooring. There are different grades that determine color variation, but the tones are red and brown with long straighter grain patterns. Some manufacturers apply a wash to provide a more consistent color with less color changing. Jatoba changes in color significantly from straight out of the box as a light color to a deep rich color, most of the change happens in the first year.
Tigerwood is an exotic style of wood from Brazil. Tigerwood is a member of the cashew family and related to sumac. Unlike many dense rain forest tropical woods, tigerwood isn't in any danger. Tigerwood flooring is becoming one of the most highly demanded wood types around.
Brazilian walnut flooring can be found in some of the newly built pricey homes, apartments, and condos. The Brazilian walnut has many names such as Rondonia and Amarelo. Its color is normally a dark yellow. Brazil 's walnut has a fine soft texture, giving the room a silky soft look. It is a highly durable wood type to work with. Walnut has a natural protection against the attack of fungus.
Brazilian walnut is used in the construction of heavy marine structures, outdoor and indoor furniture and floors. Brazilian hardwood walnut floors are beautiful. Their density is almost three times as much as Red Oaks. It grows mostly in the regions of Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, and Guatemala.
Brazilian chestnut is a highly sought after exotic breed of wood. Also known as Cumaru, Brazilian chestnut grows in Brazil as well as Venezuela. Its color is close to a bronze tone with a dark tint. It has an easy finish and a fancy look. Brazilian chestnut flooring is a popular and exotic way to decorate a room.
These are just some of the exotic hardwood floors we work with. We also install and refinish many other types of hardwood such as Oak, Redwood, Ash, Pine, Maple, Hickory, Birch and Douglas Fir from several respected manufacturers.
The environment is important to us at Cates Custom Works and we want to:
Remember: going GREEN in the hardwood industry includes reforestation, legal imports, manufacturing, certifications, adhesives, and company practices. And we are here to help YOU help the planet
- Help you understand what "green" means in the flooring industry
- Show you what companies are going green and how they are implementing it.