Santos Mahogany Hardwood Flooring

wood-sample-santos-mahogany-largeSantos Mahogany hardwoods have a wide distribution in Central and South America, from southern Mexico to Argentina. The very fine and even texture of this popular hardwood, along with its striped figuring, complements the attractive dark reddish brown color of mahogany wood flooring. The white sapwood is sharply demarcated from the heartwood. The grain of mahogany is typically interlocked, and the surface can have a medium to high luster. When freshly cut, it has a pleasant spicy scent.

Mahogany is typically found in wood flooring, turnery, interior trim, and furniture. The aromatic balsam of santos mahogany is often used as an ingredient in perfumes. Mahogany is known for its strength and beauty, and has outstanding durability. Given its hardness and color-fastness, santos mahogany is a superior choice to genuine Honduran mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), which it closely resembles in color. Although Honduran mahogany is traditionally chosen for fine furniture and millwork, it is seldom used in wood flooring because it lacks sufficient hardness to withstand constant foot traffic like Santos Mahogany.

Santos mahogany hardwood is one of the hardest and most durable wood flooring species. It is over two hundred percent harder than Douglas fir and roughly 50% harder than maple.

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