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Exotic Hardwood: Angelique

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Exotic Hardwood AngeliqueAngelique…it's a beautiful name. Reminds you of an exotic vixen from a spy novel set in South America. Well, that's pretty close if you're talking hardwood flooring. Angelique is also a species of teak that is found in Suriname and could be a great asset to your new home or office.

A beautiful choice with a beautiful name. It's a strong wood, rating 1290 on the Janka scale, so not as hard as a Brazilian Cherry (2820), but much harder than something like White Birch or Basswood on the low end of the scale (in the 400s). Domestically speaking, Angelique is about the same level of hardness as Red Oak.

Color-wise, Angelique has a relatively small range. It can be a medium nut brown up to a rich milk chocolate color with slight graining of gold. The grain of Angelique teak is rather tight, and with the composition, it can sometimes look almost 3-D. And like our vixen, it can have many dimensions—with some Angelique hardwood flooring, when you look at it down the vertical line, it has a different color than when you look at it from the horizontal line.

So this species has all kinds of character, which would make it a great showpiece in your home or office. It can work with just about any style where a darker brown foundation to the floor is needed. But its even grains and minimal knotholes makes Angelique a versatile choice.

One thing you'll definitely want to think about if you decide Angelique is your kind of floor is that it can actually cause allergic reactions. Interestingly, this species of wood has been known to cause respiratory reactions as well as contact dermatitis, so it would be a good idea to have your family tested for the reaction before installing this particular species.

Prefinished flooring would greatly minimize exposure to the actual wood grain and with that the risk of reaction because of the multiple layers of the finishing product, but if you have a solid floor with maybe an oil-based finish that will one day need to be refinished, you could come in direct contact sawdust or sanding dust, so it's certainly something to check out before you commit.