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Brazilian Cherry – The most popular exotic hardwood floor in the USA

By Adrian Zupp, (264 words) Posted in Hardwood Flooring on December 19, 2008
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Brazilian Cherry - also known as Jatobá - is an immensely popular choice among hardwood floor buyers. And for good reason: Brazilian Cherry comes in a range of beautiful colors and patterns that give a lift to any home. Burgundy, salmon, and dark browns are just some of the color options. And Brazilian Cherry's black striped grain pattern also makes it distinctive.

Another appealing feature of Brazilian Cherry flooring is its strength. On the Janka Hardness Scale, which measures the density of hardwood flooring, Brazilian Cherry has a score of 2820 (with 0 being the softest and 4000 being the hardest). This is a very favorable rating for hardwood floors. If you want durability, Brazilian Cherry flooring is a good choice.

It's interesting to note that Brazilian Cherry hardwood is actually not a cherry wood. And it also has other aliases besides Jatobá, including Courbaril, South American Cherry, Brazilian copal, Guapinol and Locust. It grows in Mexico, Peru, the Caribbean and Brazil. The trees are known for their bright green leaves and red flowers, as well as their edible fruit. These trees grow to around 120 feet in height with trunks between two and six feet thick.

Due to its high density, Brazilian Cherry can be difficult to saw. If cutting or shaping it, it's recommended that you saw at an angle. You may need tools that are very sharp and perhaps even steam, which helps in bending wood.

For more information on Brazilian Cherry, other exotic hardwoods, and hardwood flooring in general, visit FindAnyFloor's hardwood species section.


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cheryl hillman posted on: January 8, 2009

We installed blonde brazilian cherry on our main floor just eight years ago. After one year the finish wore off in many spots and the floors marked very easily. They look horrible. We installed bellawood brazilian cherry upstairs and love the floors and durability. thinking about staining the blonde to match, but if they are going to continue to mark up easily we'll replace them. Did we get ripped off?

Chris posted on: January 13, 2009

From what I have seen, Blonde Brazilian Cherry ranks around 1800 on the Janka Hardness scale and regular Brazilian Cherry rates around 2800 which is a huge difference. It also depends on what the floor was finished with. Hope that helps you with your questions. If not, try posting in the FAF forums on here.

j dinsmore posted on: February 2, 2010

we are considering having hardwood installed in our home. We recently bought the home and it has a remodeled kitchen with Maple cabinets w/spice finish and espresso glaze, travartine floors in the kitchen, the cabinets, granite counters (Ubba Tuba) and floors will stay. Our furnishings/taste lend more toward comtemporary (not modern), with brushed nickel fixtures. We know that oak is very durable because of the grain, so we are considering white oak natural, but really think one of the less grainy, more contemporary floors (maple, Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Walnut) would lokk better with our style. Your candid thoughts would be most appreciated.

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