Hardwood Flooring Options: Cypress and Sinker Cypress
Wood from the cypress tree is an interesting choice for hardwood floors as well as outside decks. It can be used as a decorative wood in any application that is not structural in nature, even including siding.
Cypress has many potent natural advantages over some other species used for wood flooring. As these trees naturally contain cypressene, a chemical preservative that develops right along with normal plant growth of the species, the wood tends to be resistant to both insects and rot. This can be a huge advantage for a homeowner, particularly when installing wood flooring in an area of the country known to have problems with certain species of insects.
Some kinds of cypress are quite soft. They can still be used for flooring applications, but a hard finish is a necessary component of such installations. This will help to protect the wood for years to come against gouges and scratches as well as a variety of other surface damage that can otherwise occur.
One of the most exciting aspects to cypress is the chance to use “sinker” cypress in your floor. This term refers to wood that has been sunken in water for more than a century, typically in shipwrecks off the coast. With improved technology, this wood can be raised, milled and made into excellent flooring materials. As the wood has been underwater for so long, most of the sapwood will have long since decayed, leaving only the heartwood that was extremely decay resistant.
Whatever choice of cypress you make, do ensure that professional floor sanding and polishing is carried out on a regular basis to keep it looking perfect.