Hardwood flooring is the best flooring solution for most needs. Renowned for its style, durability, and elegance, hardwood flooring stands the test of time and offers diverse design options that always outlast other fleeting design materials.
We all know homeowners that purchased old homes and immediately removed 1970s linoleum and shag carpeting as fast as possible; those materials don’t age well, both in a design and functional sense. However, when new homeowners discover that they have beautiful hardwood flooring that needs a little work, they’re happy to source hardwood flooring refinishing services. Hardwood is a treasure worth saving/installing when the opportunity presents itself.
There are hundreds of hardwood species worldwide, and most of these varieties can be made into hardwood flooring. In this post, we are focusing on cherry hardwood, which is one of the most popular choices for homeowners today.
Read on to learn more about cherry hardwood and why it is an excellent choice for flooring.
Cherry Hardwood Flooring
Cherry trees are large, robust trees that can grow to 100 feet tall and live up to 100 years. Due to its excellent workability and durability, the species is popular for many woodworking projects, such as furniture, cabinets, and flooring. Cherry hardwood is famous for its rich colors and resistance to rot and aging. The wood has a reddish-brown and gold hue that oxidizes over time to turn into a rich brown-red color. Of course, different varieties will have lighter or darker tones, and wood floor staining will change its presentation, but cherry wood is mostly associated with red hues.
History as far back as 400 BC tells us cherry wood was used in Greece and Rome for furniture. Throughout history, Cherry wood has been used for various purposes. For example, in Colonial times, it was a popular choice for furniture and cabinets. Early Colonial America is where the traditional use of wood flooring begins in thick planks – so Boston has another historical claim to fame!
Popular Species of Cherry Hardwood Flooring
The most popular cherry hardwood species for flooring include American, Brazilian, and African. All are eye-catching and naturally beautiful, each having a unique look, grain, hardness, and cost.
Today, American forest cherry trees are grown in the northeastern US, such as Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia. Brazilian cherry trees are imported from Brazil, but they are technically not real cherry trees. Even so, they’re referred to as “cherry” due to the deep cherry color of the wood. The African Cherry tree is an evergreen tree grown in different regions of Africa; it ranges in color from a light, reddish brown to a darker maroon.
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The Benefits of Cherry Hardwood Flooring
Cherry hardwood flooring is popular because of its smooth surface, low maintenance, and flexible styling possibilities. It offers an elegant, versatile look compatible with any design preference. Also, cherry flooring comes in several hardness ranges, depending on the species, allowing you to choose the one best for your home.
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