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Years ago, I wrote an article about real ebony hardwood. This article is about the ebony species, rather than ebony stained hardwood floors.

I was recently interviewed by Architectural Digest about the pros and cons for ebony stained wood vs true Ebony flooring, so I thought I would share some of the differences between the two. These days, dark hardwood floors are all the rage these days.

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And, as you Ebony flooring read in my hardwood flooring trend articlethe preference is to go darker and darker. Later in this article, I will share some tips how how go darker with your hardwood floors as well as provide brands and links so Ebony flooring can find the proper materials.

First, the wood itself is very expensive…it generally will cost x as much as oak. Most of the dark floors see out there is NOT ebony, but rather oak Ebony flooring other woods stained to look like ebony.

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The upside for ebony is that it Ebony flooring beautiful and it can be a real show case for your home if you have a big budget. But, there are many downsides to ebony aside from the high cost.

One disadvantage is the timeline. Often, there can be long lead times Ebony flooring source the wood e.

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Then, because the wood is denser, it takes longer to acclimate so it would need to sit in your home probably for at least an extra 2 weeks — or maybe even longer. And, then the install and sanding process would take longer as well. On top of this real ebony hardwood is rare and highly regulated. Most ebony is imported from Africa and they have very strict restrictions on the quantities that are shipped out of the country and hence the extra high price tag.

There are yearly quotas, and once that quota has been filled, no more can be shipped out Ebony flooring the following calendar year. Another disadvantage of ebony that scratches show more as they show more in all dark woods and woods that are stained Ebony flooring. Ebony has a smoother grain vs oak, so scratches show more.

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Note that the scratch resistance is the same as other woods. Hardness and scratching are two different Ebony flooring. Hardness is based on how hard the wood is and likely it is to dent if something is dropped on it. Scratching is based on the finish.