Hardwood Flooring Options: Tropical Mango
Many people have never even heard the word “mango,” but among those who have, the most common reaction is to think of it as a delicious tropical fruit. Mango, however, also refers to an environmentally sound flooring product. Mango wood grows very fast, yet once a tree approaches the height of 100 feet, its fruit production will cease. At that point, growers have little option but to chop down the tree to make room for a new sapling that will produce fruit again. The cut down tree can be harvested into wood for a variety of uses, including floorboards.
Mango trees thrive in areas that are tropical or subtropical, growing well in the South-east Asia, Africa, and India as well as more westernized areas such as Florida and Hawaii. The shade of the wood ranges greatly; deep, rich browns are common, but so are light blond shades that seem to glow like gold after floor sanding and polishing. Grains vary too, exhibiting patterns that are jagged as well as those that are curly.
What mango has in common is that the wood is heavy and coarse no matter what its colour. It is also resistant to water, which can make it an ideal wood in wet areas of the house such as kitchens and bathrooms. To retain this resistance, homeowners should polish their floors with oil on a regular basis. While flooring is a common use for mango, in tropical nations it is also used as timber to construct houses or to create products to be used in house construction, such as plywood.