There's no escaping the stunning drama that comes from the look and feel of Brazilian Tigerwood (Koa) hardwood flooring. This exotic wood species can glam up the design of any home interior, with its vibrant range of colors and contrasting striping. It's also a strong, dense wood, capable of withstanding the demands of everyday wear and tear. Installation of Brazilian Tigerwood (Koa) in your home provides the durable flooring you need without sacrificing the high-quality character and style you want.
Brazilian Teak, also known as Cumaru, is native to South America. The tree can grow quite large -- up to 120 feet tall and 5 feet wide. It's been used throughout the years for a variety of purposes, from ingredients in cosmetics like soaps, shampoos and perfumes, to the building of outdoor decks, furniture -- and as hardwood flooring.
In addition to hardwood flooring, Brazilian Koa is also made into high-end furniture, cabinetry, and decking, among other goods.
Another name for Brazilian Tigerwood is Koa. This name is quite fitting considering the range of colors this wood species exhibits, from light tans to orange hues, and deep reddish browns. Then there's the dark striping found throughout. The combination of color and contrasting stripes resembles the skin of a tiger. This is a very distinctive characteristic of the hardwood. The color of the flooring naturally darkens with time, adding to its depth, warmth, and charm.
Brazilian Tigerwood (Koa) flooring is also a dense wood, capable of taking the pounding of day-to-day living. In comparison to the industry standard for durability -- Red Oak -- Brazilian Tigerwood (Koa) scales the charts with a score of 2160 (Red Oak = 1290). It's a strong and steady wood, highly resistant to indentations from dropped toys of children and the nails of pets.
Like other hardwoods, it’s also easy to clean. Use a cloth mop or vacuum to pick up dirt and debris. Use a damp mop to clean up grime.
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: Throughout my living room where we had the Brazilian Koa flooring installed, there are several colors across the different boards. It’s not what I was going for, but have to admit I actually like the way it looks. Just wondering: What’s the cause for the color variation?
A:Brazilian Koa is known largely for its distinct range of coloring and dark striping. The age of the tree and the way it was cut determines the colors found on different boards of your flooring. In addition to the variations of color in the floor, you may also find that over time the colors darken. This too is a natural process, and adds depth, warmth, and additional character to the wood, and to the feel of your space.