When you invest in hardwood flooring, you want to be sure that the wood you’ve selected is going to stand the test of time. One of the main reasons to choose wood over other materials is that you know those sturdy planks will be able to keep up with daily use over many years.
Of course, all hardwoods are strong and beautiful in their own way – but certain varieties will always distinguish themselves as exceptional. The hardwood experts at Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis are here to tell you that Brazilian cherry is truly in a class of its own. Read on to learn more about this incredible type of hardwood and to see if it might be right for your Bloomington home.
All About Brazilian Cherry
Brazilian cherry (sometimes known as jatoba, locust, or courbaril) is a species of tree native to Central and South America. While this tree does bear fruit, the curious truth is that Brazilian cherry is actually a legume and not an actual cherry tree. This unusual nomenclature is the result of misleading marketing intended to make the wood more appealing to customers. All name-games aside, the wood is prized for its outstanding strength, while other parts of the plant, such as the fruit and resin, are staples for indigenous communities.
Though the terms “domestic” and “exotic” are somewhat misleading, Brazilian cherry is usually referred to as an exotic hardwood since it isn’t native to North America. Brazilian cherry had a huge spike in popularity during the early 2000s, and while it fell out of favor for a while, it has come back into fashion as a practical and unique choice for Bloomington homeowners.
Main Benefits of Brazilian Cherry
One of the biggest advantages of this wood is its extreme density and hardness. Brazilian cherry has a rating of 2820 on the Janka Hardness Scale (harder than some metals!), which puts it high above the most popular hardwood, red oak, which has a janka rating of 1260. Despite its impressive janka rating of 1820, even hickory (the hardest domestic hardwood) pales in comparison.
Other benefits include:
- Beautiful reddish-brown hue that deepens over time
- Stains bring out a range of colors from salmon pink to deep red
- Heightened resistance to scratches, scrapes, and dents
- Responsibly sourced lumber available from Brazil
Get Started Today
Since Brazilian cherry is so rigid and dense, we don’t recommend trying to install this hardwood on your own. That’s where we come in! Floor Coverings International Southwest Metro Minneapolis is proud to serve the greater Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park area, so schedule a free, in-home consultation with our mobile showroom to see the beauty and strength of Brazilian cherry for yourself!
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