Avoid Common Callbacks with Imported Species

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Installing wood flooring may not be rocket science, but there's a lot that can go wrong anyway. Different job sites, changing moisture conditions and difficult customers can all make day-to-day life as a contractor more ... well, challenging. Throw a multitude of exotic species into the mix, and the likelihood of problems seems to increase exponentially. Sourced from all corners of the Earth, today's wood flooring doesn't always behave the way we expect wood flooring to, and that can cause major headaches. Here are some of the most common reasons contractors get called back to the job site after installing exotics, and how to (try to) avoid them in the first place.

flooring color changeWhat it is: Just as with light-sensitive domestic species such as cherry, color change with exotics can be a problem in two ways. The most common stems from the floor changing color only in some areas due to part of the floor being covered, often with an area rug or piece of furniture. With some species that change color quickly, the color difference can even be a problem when the floor is covered temporarily on a job site. Complaints can also arise from the entire floor changing color (usually when customers are expecting the color they saw on an aged sample but have a new floor that hasn't aged yet). Yet another problem with color change happens when most of the floor darkens except for an area of sapwood that stays a lighter color. Most woods darken with light exposure, but there are a few that lighten with exposure.

Common species: Brazilian cherry/jatoba, tigerwood (shown), many others

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