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Amendoim What Is It And How Does It Stack Up To Other Exotic Hardwoods

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.

Also like Brazilian Cherry and other exotics, Amendoim is very, very strong, showing top ratings on the Janka hardness scale 1912, which is above maple and red oak, and equivalent to Santos Mahogany. Brazilian Walnut is considered the strongest at 3680.

Amedoim is available in both solid and engineered hardwoods, with some engineered collections offering very inexpensive options. Engineered products range from $2.89 per square foot to $6.69 depending on the finish, distressing techniques, plank width, and thickness.

You can find solid Amendoim floors ranging from $4.09 per square foot for smaller spaces up to $7.70 for 5 inch wide planks, which are typically the best sellers in all wood flooring products.

Price-wise, Amendoim is somewhat similar to Brazilian Cherry, perhaps a little more expensive, but much of that depends on what youre looking to do. Handscraped floors will cost more than smoother finishes regardless of the specie. Brazilian Cherry seems to have more engineered options on the market with cheaper prices, but if youre set on something solid, Amendoim is cheaper.

If youre still exploring your options for a floor, have a free hardwood floor sample sent to your home so you can actually see the product and cut of the wood. This is particularly important with Amendoim because you could either be getting the tan sapwood or the reddish heartwood. Some cuts have lots of swirls and others dont. You just want to be sure that youre getting what you pay for.

A reputable exotic flooring retailer can walk you through the selection process and help you figure out if Amendoim is right for your home.

The Many Benefits Of Johnson Forever Tuff Flooring

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 a lot more wear and tear than ordinary wooden floors. If you like lighter colored wood, you will love Brazilian Walnut hardwood.

Patagonian Rosewood is another type of wood veneer that is available in the Forever Tuff collection. This dramatic and beautiful type of wood gives such a warm ambiance to any room that you immediately feel at ease. The rich red texture, with dark and medium brown swirls creates a timeless atmosphere of style and elegance. And the resin coating makes the floors superbly damage resistant. You will no doubt get years of service out of this floor type, even in very high traffic areas.

You will find that most other manufacturers of hardwood flooring will give you a ten year warranty on their floors. Johnson matches this with their commercial flooring, but they give an astonishing 50 years warranty on residential flooring. What makes this warranty even more remarkable is that Johnson hardwood floors are in fact quite affordable when compared to many other manufacturers.

Johnson can no doubt afford to risk such an extended warranty because all their wooden floors are milled to high precision and finished in such a way that it highlights the natural beauty of the different types of wood, while the resins used to protect the wood are the best in the industry.

When it comes to caring for your hardwood floor, a basic amount of common sense and a little loving care will do the trick. As with most other things in live, in this case prevention is also better than cure.

Grit and Sand: Keep sand and grit away from your hardwood floor. Over time it will damage the protective layer and eventually the wood as well. Floor mats at external doors will help a lot in this regard.

Harsh detergents: These will eventually eat away the protective coating on your hardwood floor. Use cleaners that are specially formulated for hardwood floors and that have a neutral pH value.

Furniture: Don’t drag furniture around. It will once again damage the resin coating.

Sun: Direct sunlight might cause fading and discoloration, especially if you live in a very hot area. Keep the curtains drawn or hang sheer drapes.

With proper care, Johnson forever tuff flooring is more than just another type of floor – it’s an investment that will pay long term dividends both in terms of the enjoyment you derive from it and an increase in the market value of your property.