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Curupay Hardwood Flooring for High-traffic Areas

Posted on January 13th, 2012 In: Floor Sanding Services News, News

As globalisation progresses and world trade becomes ever more extensive, exotic hardwoods are becoming more and more popular for flooring applications.  Where once the average wood floor was made of a familiar species such as oak, now it stands a fair chance of being made of a tropical wood from Asia, Africa or even Oceania.  One of the species growing fast in popularity is Curupay.

Known by various names such as Angico, Tiger Mahogany and Patagonian Rosewood, Curupay has a distinctive appearance characterised by a high degree of variability.  Individual strips of wood may be as light as cream or may have a hue that is almost a pure black.  These colour differences are most apparent when the wood has been freshly milled.  Over time, the wood tends to acquire an orange hue that can vary from a gentle, almost pastel shade to a dark hue that obscures the dark stripes that are part and parcel of the appearance of Curupay.

The Janka hardness of Curupay is more than 3800, making it a more durable choice than cherry, which has a Janka score of about 2300, and a much more durable choice than red oak, whose hardness rating falls below 1300.  This means that Curupay is an excellent hardwood choice for any area in your home or business that receives high traffic flow.

A high Janka score also means that Curupay can stand up quite well to floor sanding and finishing, which is a process hardwood floor owners need to have performed periodically.

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