When it comes to luxury hardwood flooring, Brazilian cherry provides the look and feel that Montco homes crave. With a bold color, beautiful grain, and smooth texture, Brazilian cherry lends a mature style that becomes a timeless look for decades to come. Learn more about the irresistible qualities of Brazilian cherry from your experts at Floor Coverings International Montco.
Brazilian cherry, also known as Jatoba, grows across Central and South America in tropical environments. While there is still a large population of the trees, importing exotic wood will increase the cost you will likely pay for your floors. On average, Brazilian cherry is about $5 to $8 per square foot. Depending on the size of the room in which you are looking to install your hardwood, this could end up being a very pricey project. That being said, you will be paying for a superior product that will last through the years and bring value to your home.
With a Janka score of 2350, you can rest assured that Brazilian cherry hardwood floors will stand up to the everyday wear and tear that comes from a busy household. These floors are not likely to acquire any damage from foot traffic, dropped objects, or heavy furniture, and can even be used outdoors. However, if the boards are damaged, solid hardwood planks of Brazilian cherry can be refinished upwards of 10 times and restored to their original condition. To protect your floors, be sure to apply a protective sealant as a part of the finishing process.
Color & Grain
Unlike the American cherry tree that was named after the fruit it produces, Brazilian cherry was named after the deep red color of its bark. While the majority of the bark is a rich brown color, the pink to auburn hues are very prominent across the wood. Over time, the colors of the floor will deepen and darken. Some homeowners prefer a more traditional color for their hardwood, but this warm profile has a bold character that we love. Furthermore, Brazilian cherry is known for having a fair amount of color variation and dark grain markings that make each floor unique.
Even though Brazilian cherry is a very exotic and unique hardwood variety, it does not require any special treatment to maintain its quality. Be sure to sweep, vacuum, or mop regularly to keep the surface clean as you would with any hardwood floors. If you want to protect your floors further, reapply the protective finish every few years or refinish your floors when you see fit. Lastly, if you want to avoid any color change over the years, apply linseed oil to the surface of the wood twice a year.
Brazilian cherry is an excellent hardwood choice that is sure to bring style, practicality, and value to your home. To look at samples and receive a free price estimate, contact your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Montco!