Unfinished Brazilian Cherry Flooring

Bayou’s Unfinished Brazilian Cherry comes available in various widths ( 2 ¼ , 3, 3 ¼, 4, 5 ) with 1’ to 7’ standard lengths, unfinished 3/4” Solid Flooring Tongue & Groove, Square Edge, End Matched.

Brazilian Cherry Flooring, 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.

Unfinished vs Prefinished Flooring
When choosing between Unfinished Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring and Prefinished Cherry, one should understand the differences. Unfinished hardwood floors come to your home in their raw wood state and are finished on site. On the other hand, Prefinished Cherry hardwood floors have had all the work done to them before they arrive in your home and are ready to be installed. In most cases this means sanded, stained, and finished with a UV aluminum oxide coating as a topcoat with a 25 Year Wear-Through Warranty.

Cherry Hardwood Flooring

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 Unfinished

Flooring Grade: Clear

Brazilian Cherry Installation

Brazilian Cherry Installation
The density of this wood makes it somewhat difficult to work with, it takes screws well but not nails. It glues well, which allows it to be used in engineered woods. Cherry flooring is 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. 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 will not shift over time.

Brazilian Cherry Facts

  • 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.

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