Consumer's demand for wood flooring has driven the desire for high end hard surface flooring. Wood flooring is the preference for larger more expensive homes with the increased use of more upscale building materials along with today's economy giving a boost to residential remodeling projects. Wood manufacturers have accomodated this trend by offering a wider variety of wood species such as exotics and bamboo, as well as textured floors like hand scraped planks and wide width products. The prefinished engineered floors rank high on consumer and builder demands, while glueless lamniate floors are economically attractive and a "snap" to install. Various widths, finishes and thickness are offered in almost all species, including exotics such as mahogany, Brazillian cherry, Asian and South American teaks, Brazilian walnuts, rosewoods, ash, beech and birch, along with your traditionals such as oaks, pines and hickory/pecan. Each species has its own wonderful grain characteristic in optional color stains and edge reliefs.