Brazilian cherry, also known as “jatoba,” is an exotic hardwood known for its distinctive reddish hue. Its rich, vibrant color may not be for everyone, but Brazilian cherry flooring has other advantages that will appeal to Princeton homeowners. Here are a few reasons why our Floor Coverings International Hillsborough experts think you should consider Brazilian cherry for your home:
About Brazilian Cherry Flooring
The Brazilian cherry tree is grown and harvested in Central and South America. It doesn’t produce fruit like the American cherry tree, so it is actually named for its red undertones. Brazilian cherry also has a streaky yet subtle grain.
Brazilian cherry is a very tough, durable wood. It has a 2820 ranking on the Janka hardness scale, making it tougher than most domestic hardwoods. This makes it a great choice for active households since it is very scratch and dent-resistant. However, Brazilian cherry floors may require regular cleaning since dark hardwoods tend to show dust more than lighter woods.
Brazilian Cherry vs. American Cherry
Brazilian cherry and American cherry both have reddish undertones, but the similarities stop there. They are entirely separate species grown in different parts of the world, and they don’t have much in common other than color. While Brazilian cherry is 2820 on the Janka scale, American cherry is only 950, making it considerably softer and more susceptible to scratching.
In addition, because Brazilian cherry is an exotic, imported hardwood, it is usually more expensive than domestic cherry. While American cherry flooring ranges from $3 to $8 per square foot, Brazilian cherry flooring is typically $5 to $8 a square foot.
To learn more about Brazilian cherry hardwoods, call Floor Coverings International Hillsborough today! Whether you want to view product samples, compare brands, or get a project estimate, we’re here to help. We even provide free in-home consultations in the Hillsborough, Flemington, Princeton area.
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