At Custom Interiors, we check every load of hardwood lumber for proper moisture content and re-inspect to assure all shipments are on grade. Our inventory of hardwoods, american hardwoods and imported exotic hardwoods, offers one of the most complete selections (species, grades and thicknesses) in the Northeast United States.
Hardwoods are the botanical group of trees that have broad leaves, produce a fruit or nut, and generally go dormant in the winter. America's temperate climates produce forests with hundreds of hardwood species -- trees that share certain biological characteristics. Although oak, maple and cherry all are types of hardwood trees, for example, they are different species. Together, all the hardwood species represent 40 percent of the trees in the United States.
On the other hand, softwoods, or conifers, from the Latin word meaning "cone-bearing," have needles. Widely available US softwoods include cedar, fir, hemlock, pine, redwood, spruce and cypress. In a home, the softwoods are used primarily as structural lumber such as 2x4s and 2x6s, with some limited decorative applications.
Imported Exotic hardwoods are becoming more and more popular as consumers search for a wood floor product that is a cut above the rest, making a statement about their taste and lifestyle. These imported hardwoods are the world's most treasured and beautiful woods used in wood flooring, stairs and custom moldings. Most of these imported exotic hardwoods, originate in South America, Australia, the far East and Africa. These imported exotic hardwoods come in a variety of grains, grades, sizes and colors. Using imported exotic hardwoods for in your home or office requires you to be well informed as to it's appearance, stability, and hardness when used in the HVAC systems (controlled environment) in homes and office of today's high paced lifestyle. Custom Interiors will help you understand these new imported exotic hardwoods when making a decisions about what product is BEST for your environment. Imported exotic hardwood can be used with any decor. From rustic country, to dazzling contemporary, making even the most traditional interiors well suited for these impoted exotic hardwoods. These products are fast becoming the latest and "hottest" trend along with the desire for a custom one of a kind exotic hardwood environment.
Most of the hardwoods listed here can be used for flooring, stairways, built-ins and fireplace surrounds -- it's simply a question of taste, preference and availability. Certain hardwood species are not recommended for flooring because their physical properties don't lend themselves to withstanding heavy wear and tear.
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