Mahogany Hardwood Floors – Pros and Cons
In prehistoric times in South and Central America and the Caribbean region, this type of wood was used for making canoes. This shows that mahogany wood is durable and strong. It is not only used to make boats but also to make musical instruments, doors, and furniture. Hardwood floors are one the more popular uses for mahogany wood. It is also known for having a long life. It has a reddish brown color that radiates warmth and works great all styles and types of furniture. Having this type of flooring can give you home a classic or rustic look.
Pros of mahogany hardwood floors
• It is harder than hardwoods such as pine or oak. For example it is approximately twenty-eight percent more stable and seventy percent harder than oak. Mahogany hardwood floors are resistant to scratches and water due to its hardness and it has no pockets or grooves
• Quartered logs are used to cut planks, which ensure their durability. Because how strong the mahogany hardwood floors are, there is less chance of them bending because of the heat
• The textures of the grain are uniformed, which makes beautiful patterns that go with almost all furniture.
• Mahogany hardwood floors will not fade as easily because sunlight is absorbed by the wood.
• There are minor color variations that range from dark brown to orange but the most constant tint is the reddish brown one. Due this color range it allows for various combinations of furniture and flooring.
• Because of the hardness of this type of flooring, it is not easy to shape, cut, or sand. This will affect how the wood can be worked so it is recommended that for cutting and installing these flooring planks you should hire a professional skilled in such flooring.
• The colors will get darker and richer when exposed to sunlight overtime. You should choose mahogany hardwood flooring that is a light-color so in due time it will turn darker.
• The floors dark color will show pet hair, prints, dust, and other debris so you will need to clean it regularly using a dust mop or soft bristle boom.
• It is more expensive when you compare it to different hardwood floorings. Per footboard, it can be as much as thirty dollars but you are paying for its rarity and durability.
• There are a variety of trees that have “mahogany” in their name so these trees are considered mahogany but they are not the same as the trees that are used to make this type of durable flooring. Because they are not as expensive, many people are tempted to buy them because of the cheap price but they are not real mahogany hardwood floors.