About Cherry Hardwood Flooring
The color of cherry heartwood is pinkish to reddish-brown, while the surrounding sapwood is cream or yellow in color. Immediately after harvesting cherry trees, the wood takes on a lighter shade.
With time, it darkens to deep reddish-brown, giving a more distinguished appearance. In terms of hardness, cherry wood is moderately hard, strong and medium weight. The fine grains along with smooth texture are perfect for wood work because it easily handles most types of wood finishing. Some of the best finishes for cherry wood are natural and light alternatives.
As it relates to maple, oak and other hardwoods, cherry wood is more pliable and flexible. At the same time, this elegant wood is strong and has also been found to be highly resistant to insects and mold. These qualities make it an excellent choice for flooring.
- Grades: Select, Character
- Widths: Up to 12″
- Lengths: Up to 12′
- Cuts: Plain Sawn, Quartersawn
- End-matched: Up to 12″
- FSC Certified
- Available in engineered wood and solid wood
What is the difference between Character, Select and Premium grade?
Premium grade wood contains very even grain patterns, and similar characteristics of the flow throughout the flooring. These patterns create a very gentle difference in the floor. This is often the highest quality and more desirable style. Check out this example of premium grade flooring from Houzz.
Select grade flooring is a combination of Premium and Character grades. You’ll get minimal knots, and much less variation in wood grain patterns. This is the most common style of flooring you’ll find.
Check out our other types of hardwood and wide plank flooring.
What is spalting?
Spalting is discoloration in the wood from fungi. This is generally desirable patterns that are not reproducible.
What does End-matched mean?
End-matched means that all sides of the wood have a tongue or groove cut into it. This creates a pattern that lets the installation go faster, and also keeps your floor tightly connected after installation. You won’t have any nails on the surface of the floor, and the floor itself becomes like one solid piece of wood that moves together throughout the seasons.