A hardwood specie hailing from South American countries such as Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, Tigerwood also called Zebrawood is considered an exquisite natural wonder, but is actually somewhat of a hidden gem in the hardwood flooring community in that not many flooring manufacturers produce it. With natural markings from the heartwood that mimic the stripes of a tigers coat, Tigerwoods reddish-orange and brown hues all blended together are a site to behold! These colors intensify when the wood is exposed to the sun, creating a realm of dimension unlike any other!Another Tigerwood can be found in Western Africa, and has a very similar appearance, but there are now strict regulations on logging within the African nations which makes exporting it difficult and expensive. It grows to about 125 feet in height and produces green and yellow flowers. It also produces a nut similar to a walnut during the summer months. The difference between the two Tigerwoods is that the African cousin has a very distinctive bronze color. Because of such strict regulations in Western Africa, most tigerwood hardwood floors come from Brazil, a mega-giant in the hardwood flooring industry.Despite the Brazilian woods status as an exotic hardwood, which typically cost more than domestics, there are some very affordable options available. You can find engineered Tigerwood starting at .79 for smaller homes up to .69 for 5-inch wide, inch thick hand scraped woods. Solids start at .39 and go up to .26. BR111 is currently one of the leading manufacturers of tigerwood with more options than any other flooring manufacturer. Most of BR111 Floorings tigerwood comes in a natural state, color-wise, although some floors are a bit more pronounced. Oscuro is a rich clay-color with striping, while Zinfandel looks just like a zebras markings with a very soft gold color. For traditional tigerwood, a personal favorite is BR111 Engineered Tigerwood 3/8″ x 3-1/4″ TRENGTW3 and for solids BR111 Solid Tigerwood 3/4″ x 3″ PFTW3. The way the colors contrast is just remarkable, with no two planks alike. There is a darker variation with Tigerwood Armagnac but in all honesty, the darker variation defeats the purpose of having this type of floor the unique markings are what truly make this floor the rarity that it is! Install this floor in your home and there will never be a shortage of guests amazed at its natural beauty. Its just not something you see everyday. Its for folks who want something a little more unique than the traditional oak and maple floors. This is for folks who want something stunning inside their home. And stunning it is!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much would it cost to install Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors?
i’m considering installing braz cherry hardwood floors throughout the whole house. it would be about 1400 square feet of flooring. i know prices very among brand, quality, etc…but generally how much would it cost to buy flooring and have it professionally installed??
Both the material and the labor can vary but your looking in the 10/12$ a s/f range .
7/8$ a s/f for the Brazilian Cherry and in the ball park of 2.50/3.50 a s/f for the labor to install. But with that large amount of both wood and labor you should get a discount.
Make sure you get a discount on the wood since this will be pallet pricing. This is installation only, no rip out of old or floor prep,etc. But you may be able to get that free or a discount since your doing that larger amount.
If it was old carpet we sometimes did that for free as part to get the job.
So at a minimum your looking at 14,000/16,800 $
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Is this a good price for 300 sf of installed hardwood flooring by Empire? Seems pricey to me.?
,000 for Brazilian Cherry hardwood 3/4 inch
Very pricey… The wood you ve picked is a very good hard wood and more expensive than your average wood but this is a bit to much at 13$ a s/f.
Check around on the wood and labor cost. You had better received a written estimate and what it includes. Labor on average ( it can vary some ) is 3/ 3.5 a s/f. That leaves 10$ a s/f for wood and even for Brazilian cherry thats a bit much.
Now if your job needs some rip out or floor prep, this may or may not be out of line..
Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar. GL
Why is Brazilian Ebony hardwood flooring so expensive?
When looking at a number of Janka hardness charts, the Brazilians seem to be at the top (Walnut, Cherry, Teak and Ebony). However, despite how close they are to one another in this respect, Brazilian Ebony seems to skyrocket in price. Why is this? I can’t seem to find much literature online (other than the fact that it’s not as common as the others). Is that the only reason?
In response to the first answer, yes – when I was referring to the limited literature on the subject, that was literally the limited literature I found as well. However, referring to that main quote:
“However, less logging, stricter regulations, the decking market, and a slower American economy have limited commodities and caused slightly higher prices of this product in this country.”
How does this single out Brazilian Ebony? Seems to me this is applicable to all exotic hard woods. And this stuff isn’t just slightly higher in price than the other Brazilians, it’s typically well over twice as much. I suppose it’s simply due to rarity.
“There is a moderate amount of Gombera in South America, and it is not endangered. However, less logging, stricter regulations, the decking market, and a slower American economy have limited commodities and caused slightly higher prices of this product in this country. ”