Cherry hardwood flooring is a versatile material, but with a character all its own. The wood is light enough to be stained any shade you like, but with a unique texture and grain that is unmistakably Cherry. Some hardwoods have a natural look that sort of fades if the stain is too dark, but the unique charms of Cherry hardwood shine through some of the darkest, richest stains. This is one of the reasons why our customers at Floor Coverings International® of Hillsborough often choose it for an entire office or house. It provides a signature, consistent appearance across the entire floor, even while some rooms are darker or lighter than others.
If you’re looking into Cherry hardwood, then you probably already know what it is that you like about it. If you’re set on Cherry, then there are two important questions to ask yourself:
Light Stain or Dark?
Traditionally, a darker stain creates a more homey, warm appearance, while light stains feel more inviting and open. Visit a beach or lake home and more often than not you’ll find a lighter hardwood floor in the room facing the water. When the sunlight hits a lighter floor, it really creates a breezy, relaxed feeling. A subdued, darker stain in a bedroom or a living room, on the other hand, can be relaxing in a different way.
Solid or Engineered?
Solid flooring is made from a single piece of wood while engineered is layered with Cherry on top and various layers of engineered wood underneath. The benefit of engineered flooring is that it has greater dimensional stability. When hot summers roll around, engineered wood won’t swell up too badly, and it will return to its original shape much more easily than will solid hardwood. Solid flooring can withstand more re-sandings and refinishes, but can be very high-maintenance in humidity and extreme warmth.
Whatever you choose, the natural beauty of Cherry hardwood flooring and the unique grain of each tree will help you to create a look and feel in your home unlike any other. Contact Floor Coverings International® of Hillsborough to learn more about the benefits of cherry hardwood.
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