Common Name: Honey Mesquite / Black Mesquite
Scientific Name: Prosopis glandulosa / nigra
Heartwood tends to be a reddish brown, which darkens with age. Sapwood is yellow in color, and tends to be thin.
Can Mesquite Be Used As Flooring?
Mesquite has a reputation of being hard to work with. It is one of the most dense species of hardwood in North America. Surprisingly, once cut and milled into flooring it is a uniquely iconic choice and makes a beautiful wood floor.
Mesquite is available in solid and engineered flooring and a variety of texture options: leave with natural saw marks, sand smooth, or hand scrape for a more rustic texture.
Typically, mesquite is not stained, but only clear coated with protective finish to showcase the natural ruddy brown appearance. The color will darken naturally with age and deepened patina.
Choose Mesquite For Stability and Durability
Did you know that mesquite is the second most stable wood species in the world? Wood floors made from mesquite are very stable and do not expand and contract as other species when exposed to moisture. An excellent choice for dry climates, mesquite flooring performs well in all types of homes and areas even where there are significant swings in humidity.
If you have large pets or small children, you won’t have to worry about your floors being dented or gouged. Mesquite is a very dense species, so it takes a lot to mark this hardwood. With a Janka rating as high as 2,340lbf, mesquite is twice as dense as a white oak floor. While this makes mesquite sometimes tough to work with, once it is installed, you’ll have a floor that will stand the test of time.
Mesquite Flooring Can Be Glued Down
Because of its natural stability, mesquite is a great option to install over a concrete slab or glue directly to your subfloor. Mesquite will not expand and contract as much as other wood floors, which is ideal for glue-down applications.
What Can I Expect With Natural Grade Mesquite Floors?
While many species like oak or maple have universal grading systems, mesquite flooring is not graded the same. When comparing suppliers, it’s important to know what you can expect as far as knots, color variation, and lengths. Here is what you can expect when buying Natural Grade Mesquite Flooring from RW Supply+Design:
We don’t sacrifice length for a cleaner look. Our proprietary grade maximizes length while keeping the classic character that mesquite is known for.
Expect a mix of knots, clean grain, and some color variation. Natural Grade hits the sweet spot of some character, but not too much. Any knots or cracks in the boards are pre-filled with black epoxy so, no filler needed!
Mesquite Flooring Project by Matt Evans with Level II Hardwood, installation at Casa Do Brasil in Austin, TX. Photography by Chase Daniel.
Get A Quote On Mesquite Flooring
We stock Natural Grade Mesquite Flooring in our Austin, TX, distribution center and can ship to any of our locations or anywhere else nation-wide.
Natural Grade Mesquite Flooring
- Solid flooring, 1/2″ thick
- Up to 6′ lengths
- Available in 3″, 4″, 5″ or 6″ widths
- Pre-filled knots – no need for black epoxy
- End-matched boards – makes for an easy installation
Contact us today for an estimate on your next job.