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Genuine Mahogany (Brazilian Mahogany)

Grades & Properties of Wood Flooring —
Exotic Species

Scientific Name:

Swietenia macrophylla

Other Common Names and Related Species:

  • Big Leaf Mahogany
  • Brazilian Mahogany
  • Honduran Mahogany
  • Honduras Mahogany
  • Large-leaved Mahogany
  • Sky Fruit
  • Tropical American Mahogany
  • True Mahogany
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Brazil and throughout continental tropical America.

Janka Hardness: 800

Genuine Mahogany is near the bottom of the Janka Scale and is similar in hardness to Lacewood. It is not the same as Santos Mahogany, which is a different species of wood.

Grades of Genuine Mahogany Flooring:

Clear grade Genuine Mahogany flooring is color-sorted for a light reddish brown color without knots.

Genuine Mahogany Flooring Dimension Specifications:

Although it is usually more cost-effective to import finished material than raw lumber, pre-milled flooring is not available in Genuine Mahogany. Raw lumber must be obtained and the flooring must be milled here in the United States. Typically, the lengths can develop up to 12 feet. However, the cost can be double that of the pre-milled stock because of waste and labor costs in the United States. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. Also, raw lumber is relatively expensive because it is taxed more heavily than finished products to support local economies in South America.

Flooring Availability:

Genuine Mahogany is normally sold unfinished. It can be custom-prefinished or unfinished in solid form for nail-down applications and in engineered form with a veneer top layer for application over concrete. Genuine Mahogany is an uncommon species in comparison with Brazilian Cherry and Brazilian Teak. There is a moderate amount of Genuine Mahogany in South America, and it is not endangered. However, less logging, stricter regulations, the decking market, and a slower American economy have limited commodities and caused slightly higher prices of this product in this country.

Finished Floor Appearance:

A Clear grade floor will have an even light reddish brown appearance. Oil-based finishes allow Brazilian Mahogany to age to a deep brown color. Lacquer or de-waxed shellac can first be applied to help preserve the distinctive reddish brown color of the wood and will help with drying time. Water-based finishes will preserve the natural color longer. Rustic Brazilian Ebony will have extreme color variations of deep red, brown, and yellow tones.

Flooring Durability and Stability:

Genuine Mahogany flooring is moderately soft. It is softer than some North American floors because of its density but can swell with moisture if not acclimated properly. Brazilian Mahogany is not recommended for commercial applications.

Workability of Genuine Mahogany Flooring:

Being relatively soft, Brazilian Mahogany works with little difficulty with both hand and power tools. When installing the flooring, it is best to use a manual nailer, but staples and pneumatic nailers can be used. It holds screws well, and it glues, stains, and polishes to a very attractive finish. It is relatively easy to sand with flooring equipment because of its softness. Professional sanding and finishing is recommended. This wood is very resistant to decay and insects; these resistant properties may contribute to a possible allergic response to the dust. To avoid a possible allergic reaction to the material, wear a dust mask and long-sleeve shirt when working with Brazilian Mahogany.

Principal Uses of Genuine Mahogany Flooring:

Brazilian Mahogany flooring is used in high-end residential and applications for a dramatically elegant floor.

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