Tigerwood Hardwood Flooring

wood-sample-tigerwood-largeTigerwood hardwoods get their name from the wood's orange color; the stripes and colors running through the wood grain give it a tiger-like look. Tigerwood originates in South America - primarily from Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Beyond flooring, Tigerwood's uses include boat building, fine furniture, paneling, plywood, and shutters.

The sapwood of tigerwood is brownish-white to dirty gray, while the heartwood is reddish-brown to light golden-brown in color. The species has a mottled and irregular grain. Tigerwood has a medium to dull luster and is fine in texture. Tigerwood is a highly durable wood with a high resistance to beetle attack. The wood remains dimensionally stable and is reported to have no odor. Tigerwood is time consuming to dry properly while preventing degrade.

As a flooring option, tigerwood hardwood flooring is one of the harder and more durable woods. It falls between hickory or pecan and purpleheart in hardness. It is a little over twenty-seven percent harder than hard maple, and is about eighty-four percent as hard as santos mahogany.

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