What is Brazilian Cherry Hardwood flooring?
Brazilian Cherry wood is also called as Jatoba and is a very important imported species of hard wood available today. Most of the Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring originates from Northern Brazil, as the name suggest. But over the days, the harvesting has shifted to Peru. This has led to a change in the shade of the Brazilian hardwood flooring. It gets its sheen and shine as it is a densely grained wood and it gives off natural oil. But it is not just the change in harvesting location that causes the color of the wood to change. The other reason is that this is extremely light sensitive and this leads to drastic color change when exposed to light. When freshly milled, the color appears from salmon to blond, then changes to a dark brown color with orange highlights over the period of several months. This is also called as oxidation. Basically wood is a kind of material that changes in color and tone as time passes so if you are looking for a consistent colored Brazilian wood flooring, it’s best to purchase one with least color variation. The age and the area where the Brazilian wood is harvested affects how the floor ages.
Problems that occur with Brazilian wood:
One of the major issues that the Brazilian wood offers is the appearance of gaps and holes especially during very cold weather and low humidity which helps in maintaining the RH levels at a suitable value. As the RH levels increase, the gaps that may have formed, slowly start to close. This can be minimized by making sure that the humidifier being used is at the lowest setting. It is advised not to use wider wooden planks at the time of installation. Also a yearly service is important to prevent any complications.
As Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring is sustainably harvested, making use of it is considered as a green building material. Also this one of the very durable hardwoods that can be found in the market. It is twice as strong as the traditional oak and as a consequence totally resistant to grooves and scrapes. It is very versatile and is pretty cost effective as cleaning them is a breeze. With the help of a simple broom and mop and doesn’t require specialized dry cleaners for the same.