African Hardwood Flooring Options: Badi and Tali
Badi and Tali are two varieties of African hardwood that have grown in popularity over the course of the past decade. There is nothing new about hardwood floors in and of themselves, of course; they have been a prominent form of flooring material for many centuries. During ages past, however, virtually all people were limited in their choices to the species of hardwood that naturally grew near their homes. The revolution in modern transportation, however, has changed all that. Consumers in Western Europe are now able to obtain hardwood flooring from Africa without paying a premium for these exotic hardwoods.
Janka Hardness Ratings for Badi and Tali
Red oak planks have a Janka hardness rating of almost 1300. This is quite impressive and entirely adequate for flooring purposes as wood with a rating that high can stand up well to floorboard sanding. Exotic hardwood species, though, frequently put numbers like that to shame. For example, Badi wood scored a rating in excess of 1600 on the Janka test and Tali achieved a score of almost 3000. This means that both Badi and Tali are highly resistant to surface damage as it takes a great deal of force to penetrate the wood.
As such, both species will normally need wood floor repairs less often, though, of course, such repairs will eventually be needed. When performed, both woods will tolerate repairs well.
Most consumers who purchase Badi and Tali flooring are more interested in the lovely hues and markings of these exotic hardwoods.