You'll find some Tampa area species are Live Oak, Rosewood, Florida Maple, and Loblolly Pine. It's essential to keep in mind that this can be a confusing issue because there are sometimes different versions and names, or the hardwood can be considered both domestic and exotic, as is the case with Rosewood. Although Rosewood grows well in Florida, it originates and is harvested in India.

The best advice is to have a detailed conversation with a flooring expert and be very specific about your needs and desires. If you're looking for hardwood flooring in the Tampa Bay Area, that would be Bob's Carpet Mart.

What is the difference between a domestic and exotic species?


The simple answer is that domestics, like birch, American cherry, oak, etc., are found in North America. Exotics are found in other parts of the world; remember that something can be considered domestic and exotic when it grows in one place but is harvested. It's the location of the harvesting that decides whether a species is domestic or exotic. Examples of both include birch, hickory, walnut, and Rosewood. There's also American and Brazilian cherry.

Domestics are more traditional and warmer, while exotics are darker and more dramatic. Some feel that exotic hardwood flooring has a more contemporary look. Hickory is considered to be the hardest domestic species, and all exotics are very hard. 

The many faces of oak


Live oak comes from an evergreen grown in the Southeast and is incredibly hard. It has a light-medium color and is somewhat iconic to the Old South. White oak is said to change the interior design because that white color makes it easy to coordinate other furnishings. While white oak has many grains, patterns, and knots, red oak is known for its light pink or peach color. Both blend well with wood grains. 

Since 1969, Bob's Carpet Mart has been providing homeowners and businesses with the largest flooring selection of wood floors in Southwest Florida. We have 18 locations in the Tampa Bay area, including St Petersburg, Brandon, Largo, Carrollwood, Clearwater, Wesley Chapel, New Port Richey, Sarasota, Lakeland, Venice, Brooksville, and Ocala, FL. Visit us or call us today for your free estimate on hardwood flooring.