Prefinished Brazilian Cherry Flooring

Brazilian Cherry Flooring (Prefinished ), or Jatoba is a contradiction as much of today’s floors come from Peru. Furthermore, the Brazilian cherry tree is not a cherry tree or even a tree. In fact, it is actually a legume, or a member of the pea family. Yep, just a big old pea with seed pods whose pulp is sweet to eat but foul smelling. Now there is some new information for you, no help but interesting.

Color and Photosensitivity: Brazilian Cherry is a photosensitive wood which darkens from tan or salmon to a deep reddish brown over several months. It also contains darker streaks which give it an exotic expression.

Brazilian cherry wood flooring takes screws well but not nails. It glues well, which allows it to be used in engineered woods. The wood floor is also strong and durable and has good bending properties. It takes stains well and is resistant to termites. Its shock resistance makes it an excellent flooring material.

Cherry Hardwood Flooring

Brazilian Cherry Prefinished

Flooring Grade: Natural

Brazilian Cherry Installation

The density of this wood makes it somewhat difficult to work with. Tools need to be kept sharp and the wood blunts them quickly. The homeowner’s best option is to hire a professional flooring contractor who will lay the floor in a way that ensures that the planks or tiles will not shift over time.

Janka Hardness Rating: 2,820 lbs. (1306 kg.) By comparison, Northern Red Oak is rated at 1,290 lbs. (585 kg.)

Stability: Width movement expected in a 3″ face from a one percent change in moisture content is between 0.005″ and 0.009″. By comparison, Northern Red Oak’s value is 0.004″ to 0.010″.

Manufacturing Specifications: Moisture content is 6% to 8%. Weight is 3.5 lbs./Sqft Widths: 2 1/4″, 3″, 3 1/4″, 4″, 5″ Thicknesses: 3/4″ Unfinished 3/4″ Solid Flooring Tongue & Groove, Square Edge, End Matched