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Technically, the scientific community doesn’t consider African acacia to actually be in the Acacia genus anymore. Though they’re now in the Vachellia genus, wood floor manufacturers and interior designers still know the beautiful patterns and wood to come from African species acacia. African acacia is famous because of its biblical connections; it’s one potential translation of “gopher wood” with which Noah built his fabled ark. Ancient Egyptians frequently used acacia wood to build coffins.
Homeowners and interior designers are singing the praises of acacia wood, an exotic hardwood flooring that has its own signature rustic appeal and affordability. There are a total of about 1,300 species of acacia plants and shrubs. Usually, the species of this wood are found in Africa and Australia, while others are seen growing in temperate or tropical regions of the world. There are many reasons why you should invest in acacia wood for your flooring. However, in order to make an informed decision take a look at some of the acacia wood flooring pros and cons before installing it.
African acacia trees typically have large thorns that protect them from predators. Smaller animals, like monkeys, hide in acacia trees when fleeing their natural predators. Like Australian acacia, African acacia has adapted heartily to its environment. Hailing from Northern Africa is Red Acacia, also known as Shittim. It has a Janka hardness rating of 1150 and 9.5 percent volumetric shrinkage rate.
Overall, acacia flooring has a high hardness and a low moisture content, which means it’s both durable and doesn’t shrink or warp very easily. Acacia flooring lasts a long time, providing homeowners with a good investment. Plus, acacia is easier to maintain than many other flooring options. Acacia only needs to be washed and polished every so often for it to maintain its lustre and beauty.
Australia is home to almost all acacia species. Acacia wood gets its fire resistance because, like most species native to Australia, it had to adapt to the frequent brush fires endemic to the Australian climate. Australian acacia isn’t fireproof, but the wood is naturally fire resistant. Among a number of other survival traits, some of the Australian acacia species can grow very wide, which makes it a fantastic wood for flooring, furniture, and instruments.
To really jazz up your interior design, try acacia wood on your staircase. Lay the planks parallel with each stair to create a stunning and surprising staircase. Paint the rest of the stairs white or your favorite version of off-white to really set off the acacia wood’s pattern. If you don’t have it in your budget to redo your stairs, consider installing an acacia bannister to pull together your design, especially if you’re using acacia flooring in another part of your house.
Camelthorn, also known as Giraffe Thorn, is an extremely durable acacia wood variety with a Janka hardness rating of 3680. It has a medium grain with a uniform pattern and is typically a rich, dark brown with hints of red and a yellow sapwood. Because it has protected status in South Africa, Camelthorn isn’t easy to get as an acacia flooring option. It’s beautiful, but so are many of the more ethically obtained acacia hardwood flooring choices.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lin69 In comparison this flooring proved to be superior We had a new engineered floor installed in our entry and kitchen. It proved to be defective with a poor finish that scratched and had squeaks when walked on. Our contractor had it pulled up and replaced by the Armstrong Hand Scraped Rustic Accents Acacia Natural. The installer showed us the backing on the wood and how superior the product is compared to our first try. (There was no price difference between the two products, just quality difference.) This floor is beautiful with so many color variations that complement the other woods in our home. It has a beautiful sheen that makes it always look well maintained like it is freshly waxed. January 29, 2015 Rated 5 out of 5 by Michy25 Absolutely Beautiful! We have had this professionally installed floor for about 3 months now. Our installer said repeatedly that in 30 years in this business, this was the most beautiful floor he has ever laid! I cannot tell you how many compliments we receive! It's such a beautiful range of tones..every board different but not at all busy looking, as was my fear. We have yet to see any scratches from our Lab Retriever (or teenagers!) It is extremely durable, very unique and just so lovely! November 1, 2014 Rated 5 out of 5 by jon5390 Wow We bought a new house and they installed a Mohawk floor completely wrong. After there rep told us all her floors would dent, chip, splinter and cup after three months we wanted a different product. We found this floor and fell in love. When it was delivered we could see how well build this floor was. We have two large dogs and two kids and these floors hold up and look amazing doing it. If you choose this floor I guarantee you find yourself just staring at it it's so beautiful. April 7, 2014 Rated 5 out of 5 by Rob Lane This flooring gets the most compliments! My wife and I installed 850sqft of the natural acacia hand scraped engineered flooring. It took both of us 5 days to lay down the flooring, it was a lot of work! The floor laid down very well and we had only one board in our whole shipment that was broken. The floor is a joy to look at and it feels amazing to the bare foot. We would buy Armstrong flooring again in a heart beat. November 2, 2013 Rated 5 out of 5 by brad1 awesome floor This floor is Beautiful. so many color varitions it looks good with anything. This product was verry easy to install, we did 700sf in a day. October 31, 2012
Because of the variety of grains, the diversity of stain options, and plank length and width, you’ll be able to find Acacia flooring in a style that fits your interior design motif. One of the most stunning things you can do with acacia flooring is to make the floor itself a centerpiece of your room and your design. Choose an acacia floor option with lots of light and dark diversity in its grain. When each plank meets, it’ll create a geometry of color that will naturally draw the eye.
If you’re unaware of the stunning flooring option that is acacia hardwood, get ready to learn about your new interior design obsession. Acacia wood makes for durable floors with eye-catching patterns. It comes in a variety of options, leaving you with the difficult task of choosing which fits your home best.
Acacia is almost always warm in color, which means that it’ll warm up any room you choose it for. That makes it lovely when paired with other warm, calming colors, like beige, burgundy, and earthy greens. When you want a natural motif that evokes the charms of the outdoors, acacia flooring is your best bet. It looks lovely in rooms with other wood accents, because it can hold its own without being overwhelming.
Acacia also looks gorgeous with modern decor. Choose wide planks and a darker shade, then accent the room with your favorite bold colors and clean lines. Something in a white, gray, and red motif will bring out the subtle reds in acacia flooring without overwhelming the eye.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rob Lane This flooring gets the most compliments! My wife and I installed 850sqft of the natural acacia hand scraped engineered flooring. It took both of us 5 days to lay down the flooring, it was a lot of work! The floor laid down very well and we had only one board in our whole shipment that was broken. The floor is a joy to look at and it feels amazing to the bare foot. We would buy Armstrong flooring again in a heart beat. November 2, 2013
Although Africa and Australia are the two most well-known places in which acacia grows, Hawaii has its own species of acacia, called koa. The koa tree is native to the Hawaiian islands and is the tallest native tree growing on the islands today. Hawaiians used to use koa wood, which grows plentifully in Hawaiian forests, to make houses, oars, and canoes.
Trim and Moldings Overview Complete your floor with coordinated transitions such as threshold, stair nose, reducer strip, quarter round and t-molding. We offer a complete selection of species and colors providing the finishing touch to your flooring installation Trim and Moldings for - Acacia - Natural Quarter Round TQ0AC282M A molding used to cover expansion space next to baseboards, case goods, and stairs steps. Pre-drill and nail to the vertical surface, not to the floor. Reducer Strip TR5AC209M A teardrop shaped molding used around fireplaces, doorways, as a room divider, or as a transition between wood flooring and adjacent floor coverings that are less thick. Fasten down with adhesive, small nails or double-faced tape. Stair Nose TS5AC209M A molding undercut for use as a stair landings trim, elevated floor perimeters, and stair steps. Fasten down firmly with adhesive and nails or screws. Pre-drill nail holes to prevent splitting. T-Molding TM0AC282M A molding used as a transition piece from one flooring to another of equal height or to gain expansion spaces. Fasten at the heel in the center of the molding. Additional support may need to be added to the heel of the molding dependent upon the thickness of the goods covered. Threshold TH0AC282M A molding undercut used against sliding door tracks, fireplaces, carpet, ceramic tile, or existing thresholds to allow for expansion space and to provide a smooth transition in height difference. Fasten to subfloor with adhesive and/or nails through the heel. Pre-drill nail holes to prevent splitting.
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