Cherry hardwood is a popular flooring choice adding a warm finish to any room. It has an attractive red hue with dark brown streaks that darken slightly with age. This coloring and quality of cherry wood gives it a unique and stylish look. Some describe cherry flooring as elegant while others say it is rustic and traditional. Several variations of cherry wood exist providing homeowners with versatility in cherry flooring selection.
Types of Cherry Flooring
The cherry hardwood species may be subclassified based on the origin of the wood. Variations include:
These types of cherry flooring vary in terms of color, grain pattern, hardness, and other factors. Brazilian and American cherries are the more common choices for flooring.
Brazilian and American Options
Brazilian cherry, also known as Jatoba, has an open grain that looks similar to oak. It has a warm color palette of red, burgundy, and orange hues along with black streaks. On the other hand, American cherry still has a warm finish, but the color palette ranges from beige to medium brown with red undertones. Due to its color range, American cherry is appreciated for the variation it offers from plank to plank.
Brazilian cherry is one of the top flooring options on the Janka hardness scale, making it a good option for high traffic areas prone to scuffs and scrapes. In contrast, American cherry sits on the softer end of the Janka scale with the lowest scoring out of all the cherry varieties.
Due to the color and hardness variations, Brazilian and American cherry flooring lend to different uses in the home. Another important distinction is that Brazilian cherry is an exotic hardwood option, making it more expensive. However, laminate cherry options are also available to meet lower cost requirements.
Installation and Maintenance
When it comes to installation, cherry has closed pores, making it slightly more challenging to finish. So if you choose a cherry flooring that is not prefinished, it’s important that a qualified installation team applies the finish evenly to achieve that perfect look. Our flooring experts will be happy to take these tasks on for you! Besides caution during installation, maintenance is the same as with any other hardwood floor. Dust mopping and damp mopping are all that is needed for cleaning.
Your Local Flooring Experts
To navigate through all the different styles, contact Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio and talk with a design associate. We will make sure you get the perfect cherry flooring for your space. Our installation team at Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio serves the greater San Antonio, Stone Oak, Alamo Heights area and is ready to make sure that your cherry flooring looks just the way you want it.
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