Information about Tigerwood Wood Flooring

Published: 27th April 2010
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Tigerwood wood floor is named so because of its orange color and its unique grain patterns. The color and the overall pattern of this type of wood makes it look like a tiger and hence the name. The tree is actually called Astronium Fraxinifolium and it grows in Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and other parts of Latin America. Although not many would be aware of the Tigerwood floors, the fact is that quite a lot of people today are opting for it as their flooring option because of its unique look.

This type of wood is one of the easiest to polish. The wood would need a little caring for since its color can change when it is kept exposed to sunlight for very long.

Appearance and Properties

The tigerwood's sapwood has a dirty gray or a brownish white color and the heartwood has a light golden brown or a reddish brown color. The grain pattern of this wood is interlocked, irregular, wavy or mottled and it has a very fine texture. Tigerwood is known to be very durable and it has high resistance to attack from beetles and other insects. The wood is known to be quite stable.

Durability and Hardness

The tigerwood scores a 1850 on the Janka hardness scale and is considered to be a very hard and durable wood. It is almost as hard as purpleheart, pecan and hickory. Although it might not be as hard as merbau or oak, it is still considered to be quite stable and durable enough to be used as a flooring option. This wood is a little difficult t saw and pre-boring would be necessary before applying nails. It is also very easy to sand tigerwood if it develops scratches or damages over time. The wood also takes polish quite easily.

Tigerwood is used quite widely by a number of people as a flooring material for their homes. The wood is also used for building boas, paneling as well as for furniture. Even though it has a few drawbacks, like all other types of hardwood, tigerwood is still a good choice for flooring. It is important for you to consider all the pros and cons of this wood before making a final decision.

There are not many species of hardwood that would catch your attention like the tigerwood because of its luster. The base color of the wood is a yellow golden color or a neutral brown which gives it the color of a tiger. However what make it stand apart from the rest is its eclectic streaks. The wood has a deep black and rich dark brown stripe which creates an amazing effect. When the wood is laid out on the floor, the final product is quite an amazing sight. Tigerwood is not just beautiful but also very functional and durable.

The base colors of the wood deepen with time. Also, tigerwood tends to change and develop a character with time which makes it more appealing even when it is old.


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Liamk Gardner works for Essex Wood Floors one of the largest flooring suppliers in Essex supplying Solid Oak Floors in Epping and the surrounding areas. If you want some more information on Walnut flooring in Epping go to their website.

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