Brazilian Teak Floor

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Old 04-21-05, 01:12 PM
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Brazilian Teak Floor

Will someone tell me something about Brazilian Teak Floors? We are considering the Brazilian Teak Floor for our living room. I am concerned about the shade. We have seen the Bellawood Brazilian Teak samples, I don't want anything too dark, has someone already installed this wood and can tell me if they are satisfied with it?
 
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Old 04-21-05, 04:20 PM
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If the samples you have seen are stained, that may be why they appear dark. If the samples are not stained then that is what you get. Pick the wood YOU like. The hardness or softness should not be what you are choosing unless you are picking between pine and brazilian cherry then the hardness may matter. You need to be happy with the look, grain, and shade. If you are concerned about the shade then look at other woods.
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Old 04-21-05, 05:49 PM
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Bryan: Thank you for your response. The samples Bellawood gave us are not stained, they say the color of the samples is the color of the wood, and the color is what can be considered medium, which is fine with me. One of my concerns is that some people say the Teakwood that comes from Brazil is Cumaru and they say Cumaru is very dark, so I am worried that when the order comes in it will be darker than the samples. This is the first time we are going to buy wood floors and I wanted to inform myself a little more about this type of wood, we like the grain and the shade. Do you know if it is a good choice? Some say it is harder than other woods and will not dent easily, others say it is a soft wood depending where it comes from. If you know anything about the performance of this type of wood please tell me. Have you seen installed? Do you know if the quality of Bellawood is good? Should we concerned about any surprises when the shipment comes in? Please tell me anything you know about teakwood. Thanks, Margarita
 
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Old 04-22-05, 01:44 PM
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Camaru is just the name of the tree in Brazil. Here, we call it brazilian teak. Same thing. I have never seen it in person installed. I have seen pictures and I think it is a pretty wood. I would say it would be medium in the color scale. Much lighter than walnut but a little darker than red oak. It will darken a little with exposure to light. It is a very hard wood. There aren't a many woods harder. When you are ordering wood, you get what the tree grew. That is what makes real wood so wonderful. Every board is different and unique. Look at pictures, that will give you the best idea what your floor will look like. You can't and shouldn't judge a floor by a couple of sample pieces. From what I hear bellawood is a very good product. I haven't installed it though. I almost entire do unfinished wood.
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Old 04-22-05, 04:01 PM
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Thanks Bryan, so far we have not decided on the Teak, we looked at some Bruce Floors today and I fell in love with a natural pecan plank from Bruce Hardwood Floors, it is an engineered pecan plank 3" x 3/8", they say it is also a real hard wood, do you know anything about pecan wood? I have a feeling that what you get with Bruce Floors is what you actually saw in their samples. With Bellawood that might not be the case. I appreciate your input, thanks for taking the time to answer. Margarita
 
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Old 04-22-05, 07:50 PM
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I love pecan/hickory. With that wood you will have boards that are almost white to boards dark brown and not much inbetween. I am not a big fan of engineered woods. I like solid wood all the way through. There are applications where the engineered is better like over concrete. I have had too many problems with engineered. This week I ripped out a three month old 1200sqft floor because the finish was bad from the factory and put the same thing back down. Never had that problem with real wood. Plus, real wood can be refinished many times.
I love pecan/hickory. It is a hard wood but not as hard as the teak. Austrailian cypres is another pretty floor similar to pecan.
Bryan
 
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