Cherry hardwoods are a popular choice in flooring these days. With their reddish-brown hues and beautiful grain patterns, it is no wonder why so many homeowners choose this flooring. If you are interested in this type of flooring, you have a variety of options to choose from. Cherry hardwood flooring is available in both domestic and exotic species, and as solid or engineered hardwood flooring. Our Floor Coverings International Northshore experts can help you sort through your options to find the perfect floor for your Burnaby home.
Domestic vs. Exotic Cherry Hardwood
Both types of cherry hardwoods will look beautiful in your home. American cherry, a domestic species of cherry, is a softer hardwood with a Janka hardness rating of 950. It has a warm, natural color that varies from board to board. A popular trend with American cherry flooring is to use wider planks, such as 5-inch planks.
Brazilian cherry is a popular exotic hardwood species for flooring. It is also called “jatoba” and is quite durable. In fact, Brazilian cherry ranks 2820 on the Janka hardness scale – higher than most domestic hardwood species. It has a unique graining that darkens over time with exposure to light, creating a beautiful pattern on your floor.
Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Both American and Brazilian cherry are available as solid or engineered hardwood floors. So, which one do you choose? This depends on multiple factors. If you are considering hardwood floors for a high traffic area, then engineered hardwoods are a great option because of their durability and moisture resistance. Solid hardwoods are can also last for many years, and can be refinished multiple times to restore their original beauty. Both types will add value to your home.
If you are considering cherry hardwood floors for your Burnaby home, give us a call! One of our knowledgeable flooring specialists can show you the different options and find a hardwood flooring that best fits your budget and style. Floor Coverings International Northshore serves homeowners in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Whistler and beyond.
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