Cherry hardwood flooring in LexingtonCherry hardwood makes for beautiful, dark-hued floors with a luxurious feel – but did you know there are actually two distinct kinds of cherry hardwood flooring? American cherry is a common tree grown and harvested in North America, but Brazilian cherry is an entirely different species. Its true name is “jatoba,” and it is primarily harvested from rainforests in Central America (including Brazil). So how do these two hardwoods stack up? Here’s a side-by-side comparison for Lexington homeowners, from our experts at Floor Coverings International Lexington.


Though hardwood floors are generally durable enough to last for many years, some wood species are more prone to scratching and denting. American cherry wood is considerably softer than Brazilian cherry. On the Janka hardness scale, domestic cherry rates at 995 while Brazilian cherry rates at 2820. This indicates Brazilian cherry is highly resistant to dents and scratches, while American cherry is more susceptible to everyday wear.


American cherry and Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring are not so different in price. Depending on the quality and finishes of the wood, American cherry can range from $3 – $8 per square foot, while Brazilian cherry ranges from $5 – $8 per square foot. Because Brazilian cherry is an exotic import that is harvested from rainforests in Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, it is more expensive and less available than domestic cherry.


American cherry and Brazilian cherry are similar in that they have reddish hues, though they can be stained to a variety of colors. In its unstained form, Brazilian cherry is dark and very red, while American cherry is more medium-toned. Indeed, Brazilian cherry is named for its color, while domestic cherry is named for the fruit it produces.

American and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors have their own pros and cons. Though Brazilian cherry is more durable, domestic cherry is slightly cheaper and more widely available. The difference in appearance between the two is also a matter of preference. To compare real product samples side-by-side, just give Floor Coverings International Lexington a call. We look forward to helping you decide which hardwood flooring is right for your Lexington home!


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