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Turpentine as a hardwood flooring choice

Posted on February 25th, 2012 In: Hardwood Floors Sanding News, News

Most individuals, upon hearing the term “turpentine,” will immediately think of a chemical akin to paint thinner.  Turpentine, however, is also a kind of wood that grows natively in Australia.  Its scientific name is Syncarpia glomulifera, but is generally marketed as either turpentine tree or lustre.  This latter name demonstrates how beautiful and shiny turpentine can be after floor sanding and polishing, a regular procedure that all wooden floors will need from time to time.

Turpentine is highly valued by hardwood floor enthusiasts because this species is naturally impregnated with organic compounds that make it resistant to termites.  Those who are interested in installing a turpentine hardwood floor, however, should take care to check that the cut planks show no warping.  Neither should they be in a green state.  Turpentine wood needs to have adequate time to dry, and if this is not provided, warping can become a major issue.

Colour range and other appearance considerations

Turpentine heartwood usually falls into the reddish-brown range of hues.  The sapwood, in contrast, tends to exhibit a lovely pale shade of tan.  This means that a floor derived from both heartwood and sapwood can show some beautiful colour variations.  At the same time, the grain of turpentine tends to be straight and true.  The grain is neither fine nor coarse, but tends to fall into the middle range: it can be easily discerned, but is not overwhelming and dramatic in appearance.

Hardness considerations

Turpentine is remarkably hard, scoring almost 3000 on the Janka scale.  This makes it harder than many of the domestic and exotic wood species in common use.

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