“Roasted” is a process that has been developed to enhance timber flooring properties. Using a purpose-built kiln, timber is subjected to ultrahigh temperature and humidity to change the molecular structure of the hardwood.
Heating wood to extreme temperatures permanently changes several of its chemical and physical properties.
The colour of the wood fibre changes drastically as the ultrahigh temperature is introduced – the higher the temperature, the darker the change to colour of the fibre is. The colour change is permanent and penetrates the entire piece of hardwood, thus eliminating the need to stain flooring to achieve a rich dark coffee brown colour.
The natural durability is also increased by 3 to 4 times greater than the same species unroasted.
Since no chemicals are required and only water and heat are used, the process is extremely environmentally friendly.