The Magic of African Hardwoods

african mahogany floorWhether you are considering a new floor, butcher block counter top or custom built cabinets, African hardwoods may be just what you are looking for!

With their timeless beauty and rare appearance, homeowners across the globe enjoy these fine woods in their homes.

African mahogany is a popular choice like this floor to the left.  Unlike traditional flooring options, this mahogany has look and grain pattern that is different than other flooring hardwoods such as oak, maple and cherry.

It really sets off this room and can give your home that “touch of class” that you have been looking for. These floors often come in pre-finished planks of various sizes and lengths making installation not too difficult.  It is recommended that you use a licensed flooring contractor for a project like this to make sure it comes out correctly.  The wood should be allowed to acclimate in your home for 48 hours prior to installation to make sure there is no shrinkage or expansion after the installation is complete.

There are many different types of African hardwoods available for your various project needs.  With flooring, Afromosia is very popular as is the Zebrawood. The rich diversity in color and grain patterns make these woods an excellent choice for contractors as well as homeowners.

Did you know that some African woods such as the blackwood are so durable it has been reported they can hold screw threads as well as metal?  This wood is not common for flooring however, as it will definitely dull out most contractors saw blades VERY quickly.  Extremely hard and durable, this wood is used mostly for turning and highly detailed wood projects.

zebra wood cabinets

When it is an attention grabbing piece of furniture you are looking for, zebra wood is a great choice! Known for its characteristic Zebra like stripes, this wood is often used in the making of fine furniture such as cabinets, dressers and hutches.

It doesn’t take much to make this African wood stand out, as the distinctive grain pattern is what most homeowners are looking for.  A natural to light stain with several clear coats usually delivers the desired effect for the room. Notice how you can’t help but look at this double vanity in the bathroom! It really draws the eye towards it with it’s natural beauty.