Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors

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I found this picture of some Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors while looking around the net for different types of hardwood floors. From what I understand, this type of wood is very resiliant to moisture and the natural swelling that occurs when you use real hard wood floors vs laminate flooring.

Picture of Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors
Brazilian Cherry

Summer and I talked about putting in hardwood flooring that is dark, as opposed to the “Beachy” look I grew up with in the tourist town of Ocean City New Jersey. I am almost thinking I like this dark wood below…but it may not be able to stand up to the humidity that we will be dealing with.

Picture of Dark Hard Wood Floors
Dark Hard Wood Flooring

We definately voted against both the Tub and Shower combinations I blogged about a couple months back. We want to make the bathrooms really nice, for resale value, but also want to have bathrooms that we really like.

On a non-serious note, while doing my research, I found this chart entitled: Hardness and Shrinkage.

English Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Aussie Shepard (BFF)

Granted, this is just a graph illustrating the hardness of wood, but it still made me laugh out loud when I saw it. Yeah, I know, I am a 12 year old in a 32 year old mans body. :-)

3 thoughts on “Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors

  1. Whenever I hear the word “shrinkage”, I think of a certain episode of Seinfeld. :D

    Have you thought about bamboo flooring?

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  2. We have thought about bamboo flooring. The best reason to use bamboo flooring, aside from how cool it looks, is the fact that it is a renewable resource. Although we love the idea of that, we are going to have to show our “green side” via solar energy.

    I have a very close friend who is an artist that works with hard woods and has been a contractor doing hard wood floors for years. He told us that bamboo scratches very easily and that bamboo hard wood floors will absorb the humidity of the tropics which can lead to gabs in the floors and the edges to pop up out of the floor. He recomended the Brazilian Hardwood because it barely absorbs any moisture and we shouldn’t get andy shrinkage either!

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  3. I am a hardwood consultant and the top picture you show is a fresh installation of Brazilian Cherry- it will darken CONSIDERABLY as it is exposed to sunlight (photosensitivity.) It will end up a medium-dark reddish brown with a nice variety of coloration in the boards (close to the bottom picture but not quite.) The color change decreases after the first 3 months, but continues for several years.

    I agree with the above poster who said that B.C. will be resistant to moisture concerns. In dry times with some woods, you will see “shrinkage” and gaps, and in humid times- you may see cupping or buckling if the floors are installed too tightly during a drier time or if you lack appropriate humidity control. B.C. continues to be one of the most commonly selected “exotics” by our designers, and it’s price is really competitive. As for the scratching of bamboo- scratches have more to do with the finish, than they do with the hardness of the species. Hardness deals with prevention of denting from heavy items (like couch legs, high heels, furniture on casters, etc.) not with scratch resistance.

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