Where to use cherry hardwood flooring
Cherry hardwood flooring will work well anywhere other hardwood flooring is an option. Solid hardwood flooring should only be considered for above ground level installation. Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in either above or below ground, like basements. Avoid using wood flooring in areas where there is excessive moisture or humidity.
Installation and maintenance of your cherry hardwood flooring
Engineered wood is easier to install than solid wood flooring. Although either type of cherry hardwood flooring can be a DIY job, it is recommended that you hire a professional. You can expect to pay upwards of $8 per square foot for the cherry hardwood flooring plus any installation charges.
Keeping dirt and grit off your floor is essential. You can use a dust mop or a vacuum with a hard floor attachment. If you use a vacuum with a rotating brush, be sure the brush has been turned off. When more cleaning is needed, use a solution that is formulated for wood floor finishes. Your flooring manufacturer or local flooring expert can make a recommendation. Avoid standing water or puddles on your floor. Use felt pads on the bottom of furniture and keep pet’s nails trimmed to avoid scratches.
Eventually all hardwood floors will show signs of everyday wear. Periodic sanding and refinishing can take care of any nicks and scratches that may happen. This maintenance will help keep your floor looking beautiful.
American cherry vs. Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring
The wood referred to as Brazilian cherry comes from the Jatoba tree which grows in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The Jatoba tree is not a variety of cherry tree, but it is named Brazilian cherry because of its similarity in color to American cherry. Brazilian cherry starts out darker and darkens with age just as American cherry does. American cherry, while still a hardwood, is a softer wood than Brazilian cherry which is almost twice as hard as oak. Brazilian cherry flooring requires professional installation due to its extreme hardness. Besides its distinctive look, part of the appeal of Brazilian cherry is that it is an exotic wood.
Gowdy Flooring can help you find the right hardwood flooring for your home improvement project. For questions or more information about our products and services, call us today at (806) 353-6226. You can also connect with us via e-mail by clicking on Contact Us. Visit our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas. Let our professional staff help you with all your flooring needs.