Q: I would love a professional's opinion on cherry wood hardwood floors.
I love the look of cherry hardwood floors. What are the pluses and minus of this wood? How durable is it? Will the rich color hold or will that fade? I've heard I should look into something called a janka rating or the janka scale. How does Cherry do on the janka scale? Also, I wouldn't mind using a wood that is sustainable. Is Cherry sustainable or should I be considering something else, like bamboo? Are there any sustainable woods that look like cherry?
A: Cherry Flooring Is Beautiful But Soft
Generally speaking cherry hardwood is an amazing looking floor. The one issue folks don't consider is the relative softness of the species. Roughly 25% or so softer then Red Oak, folks tend to use cherry for accents and borders rather than entire floors.
If you have lots of foot traffic, pets, children, or using the space as a rental I would stay away from cherry. If you want cherry stick with a Brazilian Cherry because it is more durable overall. You will simply have to see what type of cherry you prefer. American is light and Brazilian is reddish and dark.
Brazilian Cherry scores a 2350 on the janka scale while American Cherry scores 950. It relatives terms Red Oak scores 1290.
Most all hardwood floors are durable and last a long time if they are taken care of properly. Granted scratches and scuffs occur on all floors, but all will withstand a beating long term. Just keep them clean.
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