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Unusual hardwood flooring choices: water-altered logs

Posted on March 28th, 2012 In: Articles, Hardwood Floors Sanding Articles

Many people want a hardwood floor that is completely out of the ordinary.  This impulse has led consumers in the UK and other nations to seek out ever more exotic hardwoods from tropical regions of the world such as Africa, Asia and Oceania.  An even more unusual choice, however, can be obtained from North America if one investigates the exotic specialty wood commonly called “deadheads.”

The term “deadhead” refers to a tree trunk that has been submerged for decades or even centuries.  The 19th century in United States history was known for the logging of vast tracts of forests.  The trees being cut down were prime, old-growth specimens that were highly prized in their day.  Today, these same cut trees may be even more highly prized, however.

What happened to create deadheads was that many cut logs were transported via America’s vast network of rivers.  Inevitably, as the journey progressed, some logs would fall over the sides of the rafts used to transport them downstream to sawmills.  These logs stayed at the bottom of the river and over time, they acquired minerals that helped them change their colour and texture to more unusual forms.  Today, the logging industry is actively seeking these deadhead logs because they are in high demand.

A hardwood floor constructed of deadhead lumber needs that same care and maintenance as other forms of wooden floor.  Periodically, homeowners should seek the services of a professional floor repair company to provide wood floor sanding and polishing.

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