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Hardwood Flooring Choices: African Mahogany

Posted on November 22nd, 2011 In: Floor Sanding Services News, News

Global trade has many benefits. For those interested in hardwood flooring, one of the greatest of these is the increased availability of exotic woods that not only create a warm and hospitable feeling in a dwelling, but are also unusual enough to become conversation pieces in their own right.

The Beauty of African Mahogany

Common hardwood flooring options include oak and walnut.  For a more dramatic look, consider the wood known as African Mahogany, which boasts a hue somewhere between red and brown, adding a feeling of wealth and luxury to any room.

As its name suggests, this wood originates on the continent of Africa; it also grows on the nearby island of Madagascar.  Trunks can reach up to five feet in diameter and total growth tops out at about 130 vertical feet.  Unlike many trees, African Mahogany does not exhibit characteristic tree rings that can be used to date individual trees.  Instead, rings are rather vague.  The wood is considered to be moderately durable, meaning that it will easily tolerate floor sanding and finishing provided by a wood floor repair firm.

Although the wood lacks any strong odour, those installing floorboards themselves should take care to protect skin and eyes as some people experience sensitivity issues when working with this particular species of unfinished wood.  This will not be a problem after installation is fully complete because the final top coat or varnish will mean that bare feet do not come into contact with the wood itself.

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