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Solid acacia flooring is a hard-wearing, long-lasting choice. This type of flooring holds up extremely well, and can last decades even in heavily trodden rooms, whether commercial or private. The wood is an increasingly popular choice as it also has natural anti-bacterial properties that keep away the moulds and fungi that can invade wood floors. It's the way to go if you want to make a bold and fashionable statement while also opting for enduring practicality.
The word "acacia" applies to (literally) thousands of different plants that range from pint-sized shrubs to towering trees. Many of these are found in Australia, and their wood comes at a premium for UK property owners.
However, there are other acacia species growing closer to home, which are in turn a good deal more affordable – like West African acacia, for example. Some West African communities use parts of acacia plants to make incense. It has also been used for coffin-making in Egypt, and some even say it’s the wood that Noah used to build his Ark!
When it comes to floors, the allure of acacia remains prestigious. It is known for having magnificent, high-contrast grains that make your floors look deeply textured, making it a highly attractive alternative to more conventional woods.
Experts make the distinction between "big leaf" and "small leaf" acacia. The former typically has a less bold and pronounced grain, so it’s possible that it won’t give the classic effect you may be looking for. It is also a bit softer than some of the other varieties.
Small leaf acacia, however, has small knots and tight, weaving age circles, which means its grain is superbly intricate. It typically gives off an effect that some experts refer to as "gilded," and this is the wood that’s going to be really distinctive as an alternative flooring option.
No matter what solid acacia variety you choose for your wood flooring, you’ll be investing in a beautiful and durable, high quality option. In addition, it is pretty water resistant, which means that you don’t have to worry too much about spills as long as you clean them up in a relatively timely fashion.
Regardless of its natural protective properties, you should still make sure to finish your solid acacia flooring with oil or lacquer. This will provide an extra layer of protection against any of the typical dangers to wood floors (scratching, spillage, dirt, etc.) and it'll keep your acacia floor healthy and beautiful for years to come.
One of the best things about acacia is the value it will add to your home or office. An acacia floor is a stunning sight, and anyone viewing your property will be immediately impressed.
This, and the fact that it is also a durable wood that requires very little maintenance, means a brand new acacia floor is never a bad investment. Your property value will rise and you won’t have to do much in terms of upkeep and repairs after the initial installation.
So, whether it’s a bathroom, living room, bedroom, or office, if you are thinking that a new wood floor might spruce up your property, consider investing in solid acacia flooring. It’s one wood with which you really can’t go wrong!
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