Rustic design is making a comeback. While the wooden logs and plaid flannel motif is still in for some, others are opting to create a new image, combining a hodgepodge of design styles like charming farmhouse and vintage with natural elements, for a chic and updated look.
If you want to bring some rustic flair into your home, do so in a big way -- with flooring.
As the name suggests, Australian Cypress wood is grown primarily in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. The tree can reach heights of around 59 to 98 feet, and has been used throughout time for a variety of purposes, from making tools, glue, and natural medicines, to cabinets, furniture, and flooring. It's a unique wood that's growing in popularity. It's a great option for the flooring of your living space -- especially if a warm, natural, rustic design is in the works.
When it comes to flooring, Australian Cypress is an impressive wood. It comes in a variety of colors, ranging from a cream or straw tone to a honey-brown hue. Dark knots throughout provide an interesting contrast to the lighter tones, adding additional warmth, and character, to your living space. Over time, the color of the flooring does change slightly, taking on an amber-colored appearance.
Australian Cypress flooring is also incredibly sturdy. It's technically a softwood, yet, with a Janka scale score of 1375, it's harder than Red Oak. This makes Australian Cypress excellent for use in a high-traffic area. It's able to withstand the everyday wear and tear of daily living. Even more, Australian Cypress is naturally resistant to termites. That's definitely a plus if your home is in an area where the pesky critters are known to wreak havoc.
Australian Cypress hardwood flooring is a great alternative to cabin grade wood, which works well with rustic design. While knots, and other natural imperfections are present in Australian Cypress flooring, it remains a top or select grade. Australian Cypress flooring will stand up to basic use and maintain it's character without sacrificing its quality.
If you are looking to create a warm, comfy, rustic environment in your home, consider purchasing Australian Cypress flooring. Review what it has to offer. With it's warm tones, strength and quality, it will bring instant depth, warmth and character to your living space. Such beauty can serve as the foundation of the rest of your rustic design elements.
To preserve the beauty of your hardwood flooring for a lifetime, all of our pre-finished hardwood flooring is protected by seven layers of UV Cured Polyurethane infused with Ceramic particles (aluminum oxide) for scratch resistance and gloss retention. The finishes are 100% solids with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be harmful to humans and the environment. The finish is cured instantly by UV lights thus creating a safe yet extremely durable finish. This process provides the highest quality finish and durability in an environmentally friendly way.
Choosing pre-finished hardwood flooring is a smart choice for the environment. Wood itself is green; it’s a renewable resource with a much lower carbon foot print then plastics that are found in many carpets and some laminate flooring. Do you or a member of your family suffer from allergies? Prefinished hardwood floors are hypoallergenic. The finish will not give refuge to dust mites or microorganisms as carpets can; making hardwood flooring a smart choice for you’re the environment in your home!
Q: I have read that Australian Cypress is brittle, is this true and what does that mean if I want to install Australian Cypress floors.
A: Great question and thanks for asking, yes Australian Cypress can be a bit more brittle than other species. It is recommended at add an additional 2% (above the recommended 5% for cut out and waste) to your order as your installer might encounter "end splits" which is normally cut off. Properly acclimated you will enjoy your floors for many years to come.
With the expansion and contraction of the wood that occurs season to season, and at different rates for the knots and surrounding wood respectively, minor cracking may take place. The knots and the slight cracking, however, are part of what makes up the species’ charm. If you do not like the look of these natural imperfections, you may want to consider purchasing a different hardwood flooring that is more aligned with your taste.