Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fantastic Floor Presents: African Cedar

Welcome back to your favorite hardwood species spotlight series, Fantastic Floor Presents! In the last installment we took a look at the ever-popular Cumaru. This week we're shining our spotlight on another lesser known (but equally beautiful) hardwood species: African Cedar!

African Cedar hardwood flooring from Fantastic Floor is slightly heavier and harder than American Cedar and features white sapwood and a yellowish-brown heartwood that darkens to a warm red upon exposure. The African Cedar tree is fast-growing and the largest cedar species in Africa, reaching as high as 100 to 120 feet when fully grown. The grain pattern of African Cedar is usually straight, though some trees have spiral grain, which can make for a visually interesting and attractive figure on quartersawn surfaces.

African Cedar is not only beautiful, it is also rivals similar domestic species in durability. It has a Janka hardness equal to American Cherry and a density similar to Western Red Cedar. The wood is relatively easy to work with while still being able to stand up to day-to-day foot traffic and outdoor elements. African Cedar is not only used for indoor flooring, it is also often used to build fences, as a home siding material, as roof shingles, and even in pencils.

Want to learn more about this beautiful hardwood species? Visit the African Cedar hardwood flooring page on the Fantastic Floor website, or give us a call at 1-888-448-9663. We can't wait to help you pick the perfect floor!

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