Hardwood Flooring Species Options: Acacia
One of the more unusual hardwood species that consumers can choose for their flooring is acacia. Long reputed to be the very wood used to construct the Ark of the Covenant used by the Hebrews in the Old Testament, the term in modern usage actually refers to well over a thousand different kinds of plants, many of them trees but some of them bushes.
Of these, the vast majority are native plants of the nation-continent of Australia, but in recent years the acacia has spread widely into such diverse areas as Africa, North America, South America and Asia. In South Africa, in fact, the species grows so well that it is almost regarded as a weed plant.
Despite this multiplicity of species, only a few are actually used to create flooring. These are available in a large number of different colours and textures depending on the species selected. Natural hues available in acacia include tan, dark brown and light golden brown as well as dark brown shot through with gold grain. Acacia is considered durable, which makes it able to stand up to the rigors of floor sanding services, which as all hardwood floor owners know, is necessary from time to time in order to keep wooden floors free from scratches and looking their best.
Some people also like acacia because the wood in its natural form is considered to have a pleasing fragrance. Others appreciate it for its links with history; acacia has been used for furniture and other durable objects for as long as civilization itself has existed.