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Exotic Hardwood Flooring Choices: Zebrawood

Posted on December 1st, 2011 In: News, Wood Floor Renovations News

Zebrawood is an exotic hardwood that hails from the central region of West Africa, growing predominantly in Cameroon and Gabon.  Well-named, the heartwood of this species features narrow dark streaks set against a background of pale yellowish-brown.  The sapwood from this species, on the other hand, tends to develop a whitish hue over time and lacks the striping that gives the heartwood its name.  Zebrawood can also be found under other names such as Zebrano, Zingana, and even Allen ele, though the botanical name of the tree that produces it is Microberlinia Brazzavillensis.

Zebrawood exhibits a strong pattern in the grain, but the pattern is highly variable from one tree to the next.  This means that every floor fashioned from zebrawood is distinct.  Those who choose hardwood floors made from this species should be aware that the colour tends to darken over time.  Stripes that begin in the brown range will turn almost completely black, making a floor look ever more zebraesque, while the background colour changes from the shade of hay to the deep, rich hue of amber.

The overall effect of these changes is to make your floors appear more exotic over time.

Zebrawood tolerates floor sanding and polishing very well.  Its Janka hardness rating of 1575 means that is it substantially more durable than most species of oak and maple.  This durability means that wood floor restoration projects on planks made of zebrawood are easily accomplished since scratches tend to be light to begin with.

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