Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring

Tuesday September 29, 2009
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Brazilian Cherry Hardwood has become a very popular hardwood flooring choice because of its looks and durability. The wood comes from the Jatoba or Guapinol tree indigenous to Central and South America and the Caribbean. In natural rainforest, these magnificent specimens grow to a height of 150 feet with a width of 6 feet at the bole. The gray bark exudes a gum often used for medicinal purposes.

Brazilian Cherry is extremely hard and dense, measuring 2350 lbg on the Janka hardness scale in comparison with Douglas Fir which measures 660 lbf, or White Oak at 1360 lbf. Its hardness makes the wood highly resistant to damage and easy to maintain.

Brazilian Cherry is a rich tan to reddish brown color accented with black stripes. With the passage of time it assumes a deep red which gives a room a warm and casual look. As flooring, it can be given a satiny smooth finish. Brazilian Cherry flooring is available stained or unstained, both of which are given a protective top coat and comes in planks of width ranging from 3" to 7". It is also available as engineered hardwood which is more impervious to moisture.

Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring can be installed by the nail and glued down method. It can also be installed as a floating floor when laying on a concrete or slab sub–floor.

The main disadvantage of Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors is that it can undergo a color change and darken during its effective life. Unless it is properly seasoned, the wood has a tendency toward rapid shrinking.

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