COLOR: Its heartwood is purplish dark maroon to purplish black brown, with some light streaks. It gets lighter in color when sanded/milled and begins to darken when exposed to sun or air.
GRAIN: Straight or slightly interlocked depending on the board.
VARIATIONS WITHIN SPECIES AND GRADES: Moderate color variation.
SAWING/MACHINING: Sawing is difficult due to high density; requires frequent resharpening of tools. Planing is difficult due to interlocked grain. Can be machined to a smooth surface. Carbide tooling recommended.
SANDING: Sands well. Gets lighter in color when sanded/milled.
NAILING: Good holding ability, but due to hardness may require adjustment of angle of penetration and/or height.
FINISHING: The finish uses only the best German coatings applied with modern European Technology. These new acrylic based resins combined with suspended Aluminum Oxide allow production of an extremely hard finish that offers superior abrasion that is seven times (7x) more resistant than any other finishes in the market.
The Anti Scratch Top Coating provides an even smoother finish that is highly scratch resistant, enhances performance, and prevents wear. Also there is no need to recoat the flooring in the future. This finish has proven to be extremely resistant to even iron brush scratches or steel wool.
The protective coating is applied in ten (10) layers. The primer leads to perfect adhesion and the desired color tone followed by a Triple Anti-Abrasive Sealer Layer with Aluminum Oxide. This sealer works in order to obtain high abrasion rates of at least 20.000 cycles according to ASTM standards with CS17 abrasion wheels which weigh 500g. Next a Double U.V. Sandable Sealer Layer is applied which provides enough layer thickness so as to avoid sanding through the Aluminum Oxide layer. Next a Triple Top Coating anti-scratch U.V. Layer guarantees extremely high scratch resistance, yet can be sanded, thus providing the added advantage of being repairable. Last, but not least, is the Antimicrobial Treatment Layer.
Hickory & Pecan
Sugar (Hard) Maple
Southern Yellow Pine