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Hardwood flooring choices: pilang

Posted on April 7th, 2012 In: Floor Sanding Services News, News

Many people installing hardwood flooring choose red oak, which has become a standard wood selection in the industry.  Others, however, want to branch out into species that are a bit more adventurous.  One of these is pilang wood, which comes from the tree commonly known as white bark acacia.  This tree is native to the South-eastern Asian nations of Indonesia, India, Thailand and Vietnam, where its most common uses include providing shade for herds of livestock and providing them with a source of fodder during the dry season.  As it grows in several nations, it has a variety of names including safed babul, sarai velvelam and Safed Kikkar.

White bark acacia is called Acacia leucophloea by scientists and is remarkable for its thorny nature.  These trees are enormous, reaching more than 100 feet in height during a lifespan that may exceed a century.  For their height, however, they are relatively spindly; the trunk in even the largest specimens of white bark acacia rarely exceeds three feet in diameter.

Pilang wood has heartwood with a vibrant reddish-brown hue and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful of the tropical hardwoods.  The sapwood is much brighter, consisting of a hue that varies from yellow to cream.

Pilang wood is considered to be very hard, earning a score of 2400 on the industry standard Janka test.  This means that it can stand up to multiple rounds of floorboard sanding, making it a long-lasting hardwood choice for your home.

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