What to know about Brazilian Cherry Hardwood?

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Posted by: from Cache Bay
7/1/2012 at 7:20:08 AM


After researching, we decided to purchase Brazilian Cherry Hardwood for the lower level of our house (Kitchen & Living Room and tiny vestibule in between). I've posted a project for quotes to install this flooring.

What should a person know about installing this wood?

One thing I've found out is that this wood is so hard that you have to drill holes to put nails through because hammering will crack the wood.

Is there anything else that is essential to know about it?


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Date/Time7/1/2012 at 10:21:48 AM

Actually that is not entirely true. Installing braz. Cherry is a matter of having the right nail guns. The main things to know, from a home owners perspective is that even though it is very hard, without proper care it can still be damaged.

Also, it will change color fairly quickly (based on now much sunlight it gets). It will darken and this is normal.

Dave Cobb

Hardwood Solutions


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Lynn in Cache Bay
Date/Time7/1/2012 at 11:47:44 AM

Thanks, Dave - good to know that a (correct) nail gun is an option. My research did teach me about the wood changing colours and that care is still required, but thanks for confirming that, too.

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Date/Time7/1/2012 at 1:24:47 PM

First of all, it's not cherry wood at all. It does hail from the rainforests of Brazil, but its true name is jatoba. It goes by other names, as well: locust or courbaril.

Nobody use nails in Germany, all time screws see photo with nails you have cracking sound.

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