As exotic hardwood floors continue to gain in popularity, Amendoim is sprouting up as a popular hardwood flooring option. But what is it exactly, and where does it come from?
Amendoim is commonly referred to as Brazilian Oak, although another species, Tauari, is also called Brazilian Oak, which has lead to a great deal of confusion among the flooring industry. It is grown in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, and is also used to make fine furniture because it sands and shapes very well compared to other hardwoods.
Much like Brazilian Cherry, Amendoim has a reddish hue, but it has a more golden cast, particularly the sapwood. Amendoim Hardwood Floors have more swirls and rings than seen with Brazilian Cherry, but much like its sister specie, its soft brush strokes look as though they were painted on with watercolor. It will darken with sunlight, also like Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors, but its a much more subtle difference.
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Exotic Hardwood Floors are continuing to grow in popularity, and with that growth, comes the comparison of exotic species versus domestic species. Such is the case for domestic American Walnut versus Brazilian Walnut, also known as Ipe.
On the Janka Hardness Scale, Brazilian Walnut measures almost at the top of the list 3680. American Black Walnut is 1010. This suggests higher durability, and also shows its high resistance to insects and natural elements compared to its American counterpart. In fact, its estimated that this wood will last up to 40 years if left untreated, and 100 years with proper maintenance and care.
Unlike American Black Walnut which has a very dark color, Brazilian Walnut ranges from olive to chocolate brown to black. Both species have beautiful markings that look like watercolor brush strokes down the woods with slight natural color variations. American Walnut tends to have more swirls, curls, and color variations however. Both have a fine grain appearance which …
If you love wood flooring at home, you will also love wood flooring at the workplace. The only problem is that untreated wood flooring is not really suitable for high traffic areas. For this you need something special, like Johnson Forever Tuff flooring.
When it comes to wood flooring, we have something like the Janka hardness scale, which measures the hardness of different types of wood. The Brazilian Walnut, for example, is one of the hardest types of wood around. What if you could treat the surface of a Brazilian Walnut floor with special material to make it even smoother, harder and more resistant to scratches?
This is exactly what Johnson have done with their Forever Tuff Flooring: They have taken a selection of very hard, tough woods (like the Brazilian Walnut mentioned above), created a wood veneer and then covered it with multiple layers of developed created resin. This creates a surface that’s tough as nails and can stand …