Hardwood Flooring and Decking – exploring the benefits
There are numerous types of hardwood flooring and decking available in the market today,with a wide variety of features and characteristics to complement any décor, from the most old-fashioned to the most modern, and from the charmingly rustic to the resolutely urban.
Solid wooden flooring is ideal for all areas of the home from the kitchen to the swimming pool,with a variety of dedicated species for wooden decking for the outdoors. Solid wooden floors and decking provide some of the most versatile and durable flooring solutions of all time – in fact, some wooden floors such as Rhodesia teak have been known to last for over 50 years.
Pride of Africa, a Johannesburg based flooring entity, is one of South Africa’s leading flooring and decking giants, basking in the glory of extensive hands-on industrial experience and diverse knowledge of the Rhodesian teak, a world class, versatile hardwood that has become synonymous with the Pride of Africa brand.
The company exports a wide range of products from their factory in Zimbabwe to South Africa’s top holiday resorts, hotels and lodges, prestigious homes and many commercial locations as well as catering for the needs of the most stylistically demanding customised projects throughout the country.
Pride of Africa’s products come handy with full forestry accreditations and carry warranties against decay and moisture.
The Rhodesian Teak
The Rhodesian Teak, also known as the Zambezi Teak (Baikaiea Plurijuga), is a durable high quality imported hardwood, arguably the most important and sought after hardwood in South Africa today.
Originally used to make blocks for bridge construction, railway sleepers and mine supports, technological advancements in the timber industry has allowed for the turning of these teak blocks into planks, thus making them an economically viable and popular commercial option used in flooring, decking and out door furniture.
The Rhodesian teak is valued around the world because of the elegance, durability and high quality associated with the wood. It is even textured and hard, with a fine grain distinguished by two distinct colours. When first sawn the heartwood is a stunning mélange of medium to light browns or tans which, after oxidation, turns to a rich red/bronze combination.
When it comes to underfloor heating this teak has one of the most favorable linear shrinkage factors of all the hardwoods, making it an ideal and visually attractive solid floor option for under floor heating. It is also weather resistant and has natural oils which help keep it in excellent outdoor condition.
Exploring the benefits:
Teak being one of the most popular genesis of wood, has unique benefits worth mention and appreciation.
The longevity that teak offers is one that can stand the test of time. You are sure to have teak look the same with its grainy ingredients in place and fine straight lines contributing dimensions to your flooring. A great option for high-traffic areas, also serving to be an excellent option for homes abuzz with children. It is most resistant to scratches. If you have pets and you allow them to run around the house, you would be glad to know that teak is resistant to animal claw marks, as well.
Shine and Finish
Teak makes for the best hardwood floor that withholds its natural oils. It is due to this reason that many people opt to leave it untreated, allowing it to age naturally. This could be an option if you are looking out for cost cutting tactics. It would be just fine if you decide not to apply a finish such as varnish or stain. Teak also has a faithful property, which is it does not splinter. All in all, you don’t have to worry about sanding and you can let the finish go for a toss.
Teak is a water-resistant material. It is due to this helpful property of teak that it is employed in saunas, bathrooms, and kitchens. The wood does not absorb moisture if and when exposed to water.
The natural oils in teak not only lend a natural luster, but also act as natural insect repellents. With teak flooring, you could rest assured that you would not find any termites and other creepy crawlies duct in the wood corroding the surface.
The dimensional stability of teak is very high. The amount of expansion and contraction caused by weather and moisture does not affect teak in the least; thus, teak fits easily in patterned wood floors.
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