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Tropical Hardwood

Definition

Timber from deciduous, flowering, seed-bearing trees that grow in tropical rainforests.

Things you need to know

Tropical hardwoods are hard, durable, dense, and heavy.

Also known as

Exotic Hardwood

Cost Considerations

Tropical hardwoods are quite expensive compared to most other types of wood. Per board foot (144 cubic inches): mahogany runs between $8 and $18; wenge runs between $19 and $25, teak runs between $18 and $45; rosewood runs between $35 and $45; and ebony runs from $35 to $100.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.