cherry hardwood kitchen FlagstaffDon’t let this one fool you: even though it’s called “Cherry,” this type of hardwood is actually from the Courbaril tree (also known as “jatoba” “locust,” and “copal,” depending on who you ask). It has a long history of use among indigenous peoples in South America, but because of its beauty and unmatched strength, cherry has become a distinctive, reliable flooring option for Flagstaff homeowners.

At Floor Coverings International Flagstaff, we want you to feel like an expert before you start transforming your home. Read on to learn more about this incredible hardwood!

Cherry Hardwood Basics

While cherry hardwood is usually associated with exotic South American or Asian species, there are domestic American species as well. The different species of cherry trees vary in terms of color, grain pattern, and hardness. In general, cherry wood has a rich, reddish-brown hue, although the redness is sometimes much more pronounced. Perhaps the most well known variety of cherry hardwood comes from Brazil. Brazilian cherry has an open grain that looks similar to oak but is twice as hard.

cherry hardwood FlagstaffBrazilian cherry is also known for its unbelievable strength, according to the Janka Hardness Scale. If you’ve never heard of the Janka Scale, it’s a way of measuring the strength of flooring materials by seeing how many pounds of force it takes to embed a small metal ball halfway into a plank. So just how tough is cherry hardwood? It clocks in at a whopping 2,350 pounds of force! To put that in perspective, the hardest domestic hardwood is hickory, which comes in at 1,820 – still impressive, considering that the most popular flooring (red oak) has a rating of 1,290 – but nowhere near the legendary hardiness of cherry.

Benefits of Cherry Hardwood

Cherry flooring adds a warm finish to any room. Here are some of the main benefits of using this type of wood for your floors:

  • Attractive red hue with dark brown streaks
  • Color darkens and develops with age
  • No need to worry about scratches, scrapes, or dents
  • Great for homes with heavy furniture, pets, or kids

Is It Right For My Home?

cherry hardwood living room Flagstaff

Cherry flooring can meet the demands of almost any modern environment. But when it comes to installation, it’s important to keep in mind that unlike oak and walnut flooring, cherry has closed pores, making it slightly more challenging to finish.  And since it’s so dense, cherry can be more difficult to install in planks. Because of these difficulties, it’s best to let a qualified installation team help you achieve the perfect look.

To find out if cherry is the right kind of hardwood for your floors, the best thing you can do is to schedule a free consultation with the experts at Floor Coverings International Flagstaff! We’re proud to serve the greater Flagstaff, Sedona area, and with an in-home visit from our mobile showroom, we’ll make sure you get the perfect flooring for your space. Contact us today to get started!


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