If you want a hardwood floor that’s gorgeous, strong, and resilient, then Brazilian cherry floors are going to delight you. This exotic wood species is a flooring investment, but its natural beauty and durability make it worth the expense. Here are some quick facts about this species to help you determine if it’s right for your Chesterfield home!
American vs. Brazilian Cherry
Brazilian cherry is not to be confused with American cherry. American cherry is a softer and lighter hardwood with a reddish hue. Brazilian cherry, on the other hand, has a bold red hue and dramatic dark grains.
- Strength. Brazilian cherry scores 2,820 on the Janka hardness scale for wood, which lands it among the strongest hardwoods available for flooring. The higher the wood scores, the more resistant it is to scratches and denting. For perspective, American cherry scores around a 950.
- Long life. You can sand down and refinish Brazilian cherry flooring many times, which means it can last for over 100 years with proper upkeep and maintenance.
- Easy to clean. Brazilian cherry, like other non-carpeted surfaces, doesn’t trap food and dust. It also doesn’t harbor dust mites and other allergens and simply needs regular sweeping to look good. Hardwoods also need the occasional deep clean with a special wood cleaner to maintain its finish.
- Beware of high humidity and moisture. Brazilian cherry wood, like other hardwoods, is vulnerable to damage and warping from prolonged exposure to moisture and humidity. For this reason, you should keep it out of areas like basements and laundry rooms.
- It’s pricey. Brazilian cherry flooring needs to be imported since it’s an exotic wood species. The long journey during shipment plus its amazing quality contributes to its high cost.
Simply schedule a free consultation to see Floor Coverings International West County, MO’s full selection of hardwood flooring products, including Brazilian cherry flooring. Our expert Design Associates can help you find the perfect floor for your Chesterfield home.
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