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brooker

12:01PM | 05/19/05
Member Since: 11/06/03
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Builder says he can get this cheaper than oak to put in our new addition. I've never heard of it. Does it hold up? Should there be a big savings? Any comments would be appreciated.

tomh

04:14PM | 05/20/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
To be honest, I've never heard of it. If the builder can't provide you with a data sheet that shows the hardness compared to american oak, and a manufacturer's warranty, I would just stick with plan A. The incremental cost or savings has to be pretty small as compared to the entire project cost. Many exotic woods are quite durable and hard. Just never heard of this species. Besides, you can sleep at night knowing you are not walking on a former tropical forest.

brooker

06:11AM | 06/14/05
Member Since: 11/06/03
31 lifetime posts
Just got an estimate for this. he is quoting for flooring, materials, labor and transitions about $8.20 a sq ft here in MD. Does this sound reasonable?

tomh

09:32AM | 06/14/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
The correct spelling is Timborana. There is a hardness scale here: http://www.hardwoodinstaller.com/hardwoodinstaller/hardness.htm

I still don't know much about it, but it looks attractive.

Edwardtlp

09:21PM | 02/12/07
Member Since: 02/12/07
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Timborana is an exotic hardwood which is also referred to as "golden teak" by some wood flooring manufacturers...It's specs are better than red oak, both in terms of hardness and stability, yet it is lighter in color than most of the other exotics so that it doesn't darken the room the way those other exotics do.
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