Mesquite Wood Known for it Stability &
Mesquite is a wood most well known for the barbeque
and south-western flavoring, but what about mesquite floors? It's
not the aromatic flavour I'm looking for, but beauty and durability.
A mesquite floor won't let you down! The lumber
is known as being the most stable of all domestic woods throughout
North America. Maybe that is one reason it is used by hunters
for their most prized gunstocks. The figure and colour variations
can be quite spectacular and the ability to deal with outside
moisture variations is only a bonus. With mesquite flooring you
have even a greater opportunity to appreciate these particular
Grades of Flooring:
It is full of character. Most often it is found in lower grades
like #1 or #2 common, that have included the small imperfections
common in the tree like pin holes, bark inclusions & mineral streaks.
These features add to its country charm and unique appearance.
If you are looking for a calmer more uniform floor
be prepared to pay a premium, as select grades of mesquite wood
are in short supply. This is particularly true with Texas floors
as "common mesquite" species found in this region are
typically short and twisted with large trees producing clear long
planks of lumber in rather rare supply. You may be better off
sourcing Argintinian "honey mesquite flooring" Sales
of this wood species are more inclined to be of the upper grades.
Mesquite flooring can have a great range of colours
from pale straw to reddy brown and even with some darker purple
streaks. The grain can be straight but more often is swirly and
if you're lucky includes some highly sought after figure including
quilted, birdseye or fiddle back. In fact the tree is quite knarly
and thus quite hard to find long, wide and clear boards as suggested
The Tree is found across 100 million acres of the Texan southwest
and down into Mexico, with five or six different species distributed
across this range, although there are actually 60 species of mesquite
world wide. Not all species exhibit the same range of colours
so it is quite important to make sure that you have a clear understanding
of what you are buying so that you know what colouring to expect.
Most "honey mesquite" flooring sales originate in Mexico and Argentine.
It comes in the traditional strip style of flooring with a tongue
and groove milled on the two long sides and sometimes on the end.
Note NOT all flooring is end matched (the tongue and groove added
to the end).
Some manufacturers believe that given its extreme stability this
is unnecessary. I also have found that it is often only made ½"
in thickness, so again best to clarify this if you are trying
to install all your hardwood flooring at the same finished height.
As a somewhat unusual product mesquite rustic hardwood
floors are produced as a square or round end cut wood
block where the decorative face exposes all the growth rings and
natural checking of the tree. This creates a truly unique finished
floor for the right decorating environment.
Hard Wood Flooring
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Mesquite Hardwood Flooring: Technical Data Sheet