Some hardwoods are chosen for their look, and others are chosen for their durability. You can have both with Brazilian cherry. Here at Floor Coverings International of Carmel, we love installing Brazilian cherry hardwood, also known as Jatoba, for its many perks. It could even make for an ideal floor in your Carmel home!
One of the most notable characteristics about this hardwood is its incredible Janka hardness rating. Compared to the common red oak, which ranks at 1,290 on the Janka scale, Brazilian cherry ranks at a remarkable 2,350. This means that this hardwood species is very dense and incredibly resistant against scratches and dents. Brazilian cherry is one of the most water resistant woods when installed properly, but is still not a good choice in high humidity rooms like the bathroom. However, it is a great choice for kitchens or other high traffic areas in your home.
There is no other wood that looks quite like Brazilian cherry. This species offers a blend of rich red and brown colors, creating a sophisticated, elegant, and warm look. It could make for a stunning dining room or living room floor. Brazilian cherry hardwood is known for darkening over time, which is an effect that some say brings more maturity to their floors. However, this can sometimes make it difficult to predict its final shade.
Cost and Installation
Brazilian cherry has become one of the most popular choices of exotic hardwoods because of its beautiful appearance and superior durability. Despite its many benefits, it is relatively affordable and easy to find when compared to other exotic hardwoods.
Thanks to its density, Brazilian cherry can be difficult to cut and install. Dense wood species are not very flexible and will be prone to damage during installation. Stick to a professional installer to ensure your floors are placed to last.
When choosing your hardwood floors, be sure to select those that are FSC-certified to ensure that they have been harvested sustainably.
Brazilian cherry hardwoods can make for a great addition to any Hoosier home. Contact Floor Coverings International of Carmel to schedule a free in-home consultation, and learn more about our hardwood floor selection. We proudly serve the greater Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, and Westfield areas.
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