Edmond homeowners are usually most familiar with common domestic hardwoods like oak, cherry, and maple. However, there are many more exotic and imported hardwood species to consider. One example is beautiful and vibrant Brazilian cherry. Brazilian cherry hardwood floors may sometimes resemble American cherry floors, but they are not interchangeable. Brazilian cherry has its own unique features, as our Floor Coverings International Edmond experts can explain.
About Brazilian Cherry Flooring
- Brazilian cherry, also known as “jatoba,” is grown in Central and South America. Since it does not produce fruit like the American cherry tree, it is mainly prized for its wood, which has a striking reddish hue.
- Though Brazilian cherry wood can be stained to different shades, the most common style is a dramatic red-brown color – perfect for traditional homes that need a bit of flair and personality.
- Brazilian cherry wood is very tough and durable. With a Janka rating of 2820, it is highly resistant to scratches and dents – an excellent choice for active households.
- Because of its durability, Brazilian cherry flooring is fairly easy to maintain. However, dark hardwoods show things like dust and pet hair more obviously than lighter hardwoods. To keep your floors looking good, you’ll likely need to sweep or vacuum them weekly.
- Be careful not to confuse Brazilian and American cherry. They may have a similar reddish hue, but they differ in price, availability, and durability. Because Brazilian cherry is imported, it is typically not as common or as affordable as domestic cherry. American cherry hardwood flooring may range from $3 to $8 per square foot, while Brazilian cherry flooring can be $5 to $8 per square foot. And although Brazilian cherry has a 2820 Janka rating, American cherry is considerably softer, with a rating of only 950.
Call Floor Coverings International Edmond today for help with selecting the perfect hardwood floor. We provide free consultations to homeowners in the Edmond area and beyond!
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