Cherry hardwood flooring is a stunning addition to any Medina home. There are two primary types of cherry hardwood with very different properties: Brazilian cherry (or jatoba) and American cherry. They offer a similar appearance but vary in durability, ease of installation, and cost. Follow along to learn more about these two types of cherry flooring from Floor Coverings International Medina.
Appearance: American cherry has a delicate, straight grain pattern with a natural luster. It begins with a pale color that ages to a richer, reddish brown hue as it oxidizes. Brazilian cherry ranges in color, but is generally identifiable for its deep reddish tones. Like American cherry, it tends to darken with age and exposure to light. It also has a coarse texture with interlocked grain and has a bit more natural luster than American. Both versions look good both in their natural and stained forms.
Durability: Wood hardness is determined by something called the Janka Scale. Brazilian cherry is one of the hardest woods on this scale, coming in just below Brazilian walnut and ebony with a rating of 2350. American cherry comes in at 950. They are both durable woods, but Brazilian wins this contest easily.
Ease of Installation: American Cherry is flexible, easy to cut, and easy to work with. Brazilian, due to its hardness, can be a bigger challenge. However, it responds well to steam-bending, making it an option even for curved flooring styles.
Price: American cherry is a domestic product, so it is one of the more reasonably priced hardwood species available. Brazilian cherry is more expensive since it is an imported, exotic hardwood.
Floor Coverings International Medina can help you find the perfect flooring for your Medina home. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!
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