Coconut palms take only 6 years to reach maturity. They provide a valuable economic resource for millions of people and at the end of their coconut producing lives they can be turned into beautiful flooring which has all the benefits of hardwood flooring but is from a renewable resource. Coconut flooring is no doubt soon going to become as big as bamboo flooring.
Coconut flooring is available as vertical coconut flooring, horizontal coconut flooring and strand woven coconut flooring. Horizontal and vertical don’t refer to weather the flooring planks are installed length-wise or width-wise. Rather it refers to how the timber was stacked – either with horizontal or vertical grain showing – to cut the flooring planks. Strand woven coconut flooring is made by cutting the palm into strands and then compressing them with glue under heat. The result is a solid block of coconut which makes the hardest of the coconut flooring styles. It has a more homogenous look than either horizontal or vertical coconut flooring.
In terms of color coconut flooring is available in lighter ‘natural’ tones and darker ‘carbonized’ versions.
Coconut flooring has a Janka Hardness Rating of about 1,500 pounds force making it harder than oak, maple and elm.