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Should I install American Cherry or Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring?

Asked by marialisa (464 points ) March 24th, 2011

Ican not decide and I need some ideas. :)

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YARNLADY's avatar

Choose based on the reputation of the supplier. Sometimes imported wood is not held up to the same standards as domestic wood.

marialisa's avatar

@yarnlady Mullican Hardwood and 50 year finish Warranty on Brazillian Cherry.

marinelife's avatar

“American cherry hardwood flooring has orange and blond overtones, and is a soft wood that is only appropriate as flooring for rooms that will see gentle wear. The look of American cherry is refined and elegant, and this beautiful hardwood can be an exquisite choice for a space like a drawing room or parlor that is designed for visual impact rather than for rough daily use. American cherry wood is relatively expensive, but this unique wood creates a refined atmosphere that no other material can approximate.

Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring isn’t actually from cherry trees at all. This imported wood gets its name from the look of the wood, not from the species of the tree. Also known as Jatoba, Brazilian cherry is harder and more durable than American cherry, and has a deep red color that darkens with age.

Brazilian cherry gives a room warmth and sophistication, and is more affordable and more practical than American cherry, especially for spaces that will see regular traffic. Jatoba is one of the more robust hardwoods, and can stand up to more wear than oak or other traditional wood flooring options.”

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This article details some of the characteristics of the two.

filmfann's avatar

It depends on what look you are going for.
Personally, I would love the deep reds of the Brazillian.

Kayak8's avatar

I have a Brazilian Cherry Floor in my great room and I love it. The trick is to mop it with vinegar and water only. It holds up great to my big dogs. I also recommend the mop available at super-cool products (it is the only mop I use on my wood floor).

marialisa's avatar

@Kayak8 Vinegar is acidic. Wouldnt that be bad? Is super-cool products online?

Kayak8's avatar

@marialisa Here is the link for the mops I am talking about. The vinegar and water is what the floor manufacturer recommended, It cuts through the grease from puppy paws etc and leaves the floor as clean as new.

tcarrin58's avatar

We wrestled with the two and American Cherry is fabulous and our friends got the Brazilian and its just too dark

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