Coconut flooring is similar to hardwood flooring in nearly all aspects except for the fact that it is made from a renewable resource and as such, is a much more environmentally friendly flooring type.
From a seed the coconut palm reaches maturity in just 6 years. And then it is able to produce coconuts for another 60 years. Coconuts flourish in hot humid climates often on tropical beaches because the tree can tolerate a high salinity. After 60 or 70 years the coconut palm stops producing coconuts and requires cutting down and replanting. For many years local communities used senile palms for their own building and other uses but they never really economically benefited from this resource. It is estimated that in Indonesia alone there are 2 million senile coconut palms.
Senile coconut palms produce hard, dense timber that has a beautiful end grain and is ideal for making flooring planks. By turning senile palms into flooring local communities around the globe in tropical areas are able to better manage their coconut resources and improve their livelihoods.
Many South Pacific Islands have limited economic products and making use of senile palms, which represent lost income to many islanders, is a brilliant green solution to helping sustainable economic growth in the area.
That is not to say that by buying coconut flooring you aren’t also getting a good deal. Coconut flooring is competitively priced compared to hardwood flooring. And furthermore, coconut flooring is not inferior to hardwood flooring.
In appearance coconut flooring has the same beautiful natural look as hardwood flooring. It has a grain and takes a high polish. You can get coconut flooring is available in vertical, horizontal and strand woven coconut flooring. It is available in a lighter, natural color or in a darker carbonized color. If hardwood looks good in a room then coconut flooring will also look good in that room.
In terms of strength coconut compares favorably to hardwood flooring. Coconut flooring is hard, dense and long lasting. Coconut flooring if properly maintained will last a life time. And coconut flooring can deal with high traffic situations and heavy furniture. Coconut flooring has a Janka Hardness, according to Wikipedia of about 1,600 pounds force, making it harder than oak, ash and walnut flooring.
Also like hardwood flooring, coconut flooring is anti-allergenic flooring. Both hardwood flooring and coconut flooring allow no place for dust mites to live and breed. It is the excrement from dust mites that is one of the main causes of allergy and asthma attacks.
And finally, coconut flooring is a safe flooring type for your pets.
So when you consider the benefits that coconut flooring is bringing to many communities in developing countries. And you compare that to the damage that is being done by loggers looking for ‘exotic’ and increasingly rare hardwoods; then you might be more interested in coconut flooring. And if you consider that coconut flooring is just as beautiful, long lasting and anti-allergenic as hardwood flooring; then you might be more interested in coconut flooring. And when you see it; then you will definitely be interested in coconut flooring.
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