For a unique hardwood that brings beauty and durability to your East Bay home, look no further than Brazilian cherry. This exotic hardwood is a popular choice for luxury in-home flooring. Brazilian cherry has some qualities that you simply can’t turn away from, but it also has some quirks to be aware of. Floor Coverings International East Bay can help you make the best flooring decision for your home. Let’s take a closer look at this stunning species.


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Brazilian cherry stirs a bit of confusion because of its name. While called Brazilian, this hardwood species is actually found across southern Mexico, Central America, Northern South America, and the West Indies. Furthermore, many hardwood-buyers believe it to produce cherry fruit as the American cherry variety does. However, Brazilian cherry is only named after its deep red color.



Durable: With a Janka hardness rating of 2,690, you can count on Brazilian cherry to stand up to the everyday wear and tear that comes from busy households. Not only is it scratch resistant, but it also resists rot and most insects harmful to wood. While you aren’t likely to acquire copious damage, it is wise to apply a protective sealant to the surface to avoid any accidental harm.


Bold: Brazilian cherry is typically found ranging from orange-brown shades to dark and rusty red and tends to darken over time. This hardwood species is best for light, open rooms as to not darken the aesthetic of the entire space. Brazilian cherry also has an interlocking grain that results in prominent color variation from the cherry color and dark markings. This hardwood is not for the minimalist style – be prepared for a wood that commands the attention of the room.


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Fading: As stated before, the color of Brazilian cherry is known to transition over its lifetime. While the majority of wood will darken, if areas are exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, they may fade to a shade closer to grey. Some homeowners enjoy the natural aging of the wood, but we understand it’s not for everyone. If you love the look of Brazilian cherry, you can prevent color change by applying linseed oil to the wood twice a year.


Expensive: Brazilian cherry is inexpensive for an imported hardwood, but still doesn’t run cheap. You can find planks running anywhere from $5 to $8 per square foot, which can become quite pricey depending on the size of the room and cost of labor. To get a better idea of how much it would cost in your home, ask for a free, no-obligation price estimate from your local flooring team!


Here at Floor Coverings International East Bay, we love Brazilian cherry. If you are interested in using Brazilian cherry during your next flooring project, give us a call. We proudly serve East Bay, Pleasanton, San Ramon and beyond!


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