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About Coconut Flooring

Updated on August 24, 2015

Coconut flooring is sustainable flooring

Coconut flooring is a great example of sustainable flooring because it is made from a renewable resource. This makes coconut flooring more environmentally friendly than hardwood flooring. Coconut flooring is also hypo-allergenic so it is a healthier flooring choice than carpet.

The coconut palm is one of the quickest growing species on the planet. In a mere 5 to 6 years a coconut seed can grow into a coconut palm. The coconut palm can grow to extraordinary heights in search of sunshine and produces coconuts for 60 to 70 years. After this time the coconut stops producing coconut fruit and is called a senile palm. There are millions of senile coconut palms in the world and they are a nearly untapped resource.

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Beautiful grain and color of coconut flooring
Beautiful grain and color of coconut flooring

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The great thing about senile coconut palms is that the timber they produce is hard and suitable for a variety of uses including making furniture, house wares and flooring.

Coconut flooring comes in three main varieties: vertical coconut flooring, horizontal coconut flooring and strand woven coconut flooring. Although coconut is not strictly speaking a tree but a ‘palm’ it produces strong and hard flooring that looks great. Coconut has a fantastic end grain which makes coconut flooring very attractive and similar to hardwood flooring. As with strand woven bamboo flooring, coconut flooring comes either in a light naturalized color or in a darker ‘carbonized’ color. The darker color is achieved by heating the coconut timber to ‘caramelize’ the sugars. It is possible to combine the naturalized and carbonized coconut flooring types to make a distinctive tiger stripe pattern.

Coconut flooring has a Janka Hardness of about 1,500 pounds force making it harder than oak, maple, ash and walnut flooring. Not only is coconut flooring very hard it is also very durable. It will last a lifetime like hardwood flooring and it can withstand high traffic situations and heavy furniture.

Another great advantage of coconut flooring is that it is anti allergenic flooring like hardwood flooring. It provides no place for dust mites to breed, live and excrete. It is dust mite excrement that attacks the respiratory passages and is a major trigger for allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

By buying coconut flooring you are getting a beautiful, hard and long lasting alternative to hardwood flooring that is anti-allergenic. You are also helping in the effort to stop deforestation and climate change. And finally you are helping to support the developing economies of South East Asia and the Pacific Islands.

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