Brazilian Cherry flooring is a beautiful material that will add class and sophistication to any home in the Overland Park, KS area. Also known as Jatoba, this exotic hardwood species isn’t cherry at all, but was so named for the North American market because of its similar look to American Cherry.
There are many benefits and considerations when installing Brazilian Cherry flooring in your home. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Kansas City West have compiled some of the top characteristics for you to keep in mind.
Brazilian Cherry is known for its rich and beautiful coloring, ranging from salmon red to orange-brown when first installed. It’s important to note that this material, like many exotic hardwoods, is sensitive to light and will darken overtime to a burgundy or darker brown color with dark streaks.
Keep this in mind as you’re decorating the room as well. Any spaces covered with furniture or area rugs will be lighter than the exposed floor when you move those pieces aside. These lighter areas will even out overtime if pieces are moved around the room.
Brazilian Cherry also has a tendency to have a wide color variation among the planks themselves, which is part of the appeal for many homeowners. This can give visual interest and richness to Brazilian Cherry flooring over large areas.
Brazilian Cherry is a very hardwood, ranking 2350 on the Janka Hardness Scale. Compare that to the 1290 rating of Red Oak, and you’ll have some idea of the toughness and durability of this product. The floors will resist scratches, dents, and general wear overtime.
Like many exotic species, Brazilian Cherry can be costly, but the dramatic impact it can have on a home is often well worth the investment. Laminate flooring options are also available to mimic the look of Brazilian Cherry at a fraction of the cost.
We hope this has given you some insight into the benefits and properties on Brazilian Cherry flooring. If you’re ready to get started on your new floor covering, contact Floor Coverings International Kansas City West for a free in-home consultation.
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