When selecting new hardwood flooring, mahogany might be the perfect option for homeowners in the Clearwater, FL area. This exotic hardwood species was originally imported from Cuba, and blends beautifully into the outdoor, tropical living we Floridians love.
At Floor Coverings International Seminole we’ve gathered some information to help you understand the benefits of mahogany flooring and if it might be the right choice for your home.
One Name, Many Varieties
Mahogany has a long history in the U.S., and Cuban mahogany was a prized species for furniture and interior designs for many years. Due to overharvesting, Cuban mahogany is no longer available, but many other varieties with similar characteristics have taken its place.
Genuine mahogany, commonly grown in Honduras, is frequently used in furniture making. African mahogany is widely available and typically less expensive, making it a common variety for interior millwork. There are also many species called mahogany that are not actually mahogany at all but so named for their similar qualities and color variations. Santos mahogany is one example of this, and it is a common flooring material bearing the mahogany name.
Characteristics of Mahogany
The appeal of mahogany lies in its rich and uniform reddish-brown color paired with a subtle, consistent grain pattern. It holds stain and polish very well and has a luminescent quality that makes a room feel warm and inviting. Mahogany is often available in wider planks than many other hardwoods, and it is known for its stability in humid conditions – perfect for our Clearwater, FL climate.
Mahogany will naturally resist rot so it’s a great choice for kitchens, exteriors, or other potentially damp areas. That said, it is still recommended to clean up sitting water right away, and if you are considering mahogany in a bathroom or basement an engineered variety might be a better option for you. Mahogany finishes are also commonly available in laminate and vinyl flooring. This can be a cost effective way to get the gleam of mahogany without the price tag.
Exotic hardwoods are a natural fit for homes in the Clearwater, FL area, and we would love to help you discover all the options available. Contact our design experts at Floor Coverings International Seminole for a free in-home consultation.
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