Are you looking for a timeless, elegant, and durable hardwood for your home in Mamaroneck? Brazilian cherry might be the one for you! Here at Floor Coverings International Central Westchester, we invest time learning about the benefits and drawbacks of different hardwood species so you can make the best flooring decision.

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Brazilian cherry, also known has Jatoba, grows in abundance across southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. It is commonly used for flooring, furniture, cabinetry, shipbuilding, or specialty crafts. It is a dense and durable wood that creates long lasting products.


Durability: With a Janka score of 2690, Brazilian cherry floors can stand up to the busiest households. The wood is extremely resistant to scratches and dents that come from every day wear and tear, heavy furniture, or dropped objects. However, always be sure to apply a durable sealant to protect it from damage and use area rugs in high-trafficked or vulnerable areas.

Beauty: Brazilian cherry hardwood has a stunning color profile that homeowners love. The wood boasts deep red hues across a golden to medium brown base, which tends to darken over time. Solid hardwood planks will have a fair amount of color variation and markings from the grain pattern, but it is generally a mature aesthetic that will last for years.

Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Color and Grain Cons:

Fading: If exposed to too much direct sunlight, Brazilian cherry floors may begin to fade and develop a grey hue across the surface. Some homeowners enjoy the natural transition of the color, but it may make the floors hard to complement with other furniture. However, it is possible to prevent fading by applying a coat of linseed oil to your floors twice a year. If you love the look of hardwood, but want to avoid color change, this is a perfect solution.

Price: While Brazilian cherry is one of the more inexpensive exotic hardwoods, it can still get expensive during a flooring project. Prices can start anywhere from $5-$8 per square foot and increase from there. With the cost of the lumber in addition to the labor, you may have to be budgeting the work.

Brazilian cherry is an incredibly beautiful and durable investment. To look at color samples and get a price estimate. Call your local flooring team at Floor Coverings International Central Westchester. We offer free in-home consultations and proudly serve Mamaroneck, Rye, and Larchmont, and beyond!

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