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01/15/05

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WOOD SPECIES


WOOD SPECIES - Selecting a wood species can help you create many different looks or design sensibilities. Following is a quick description of some of the more popular varieties.

American Cherry

American Cherry

HABITAT - S. Eastern Canada, North & Central USA

CHARACTERISTICS - Pinkish - dark red brown, may have wavy grain somewhat uneven appearance.

DURABILITY - scale: 1(low) to 3(high)
1-Not very Tough or 1-Moisture Stable

HARDNESS, INDENTATION RESISTANCE
Janka Test in lbs. - 967 lbs.

COST RANGE
Inexpensive, Moderate, Expensive
Expensive

AVAILABILITY
Common, Usually Available, Special Order
Usually Available

American Cherry

This species, in terms of flooring, may be the most misunderstood wood choice. A single board probably won’t be indicative of what the floor will look like, because there’s quite a bit of color variation. American Cherry, which is considered a soft wood, starts with a light reddish cast and soft grain. But there is a high percentage of boards (8% to 12%) that are white. Some people love the variation and the overall look these boards give a floor and a room, but others ask that these white boards be culled from the batch. In those cases, it’s necessary to order 15% more than the job requires. But note that there is no return possibility for this material. American Cherry also changes dramatically with time and light exposure. An area rug, if left in the same place for months, will cause an obvious spot. All American Cherry darkens with age. Also see Brazilian Cherry.

American Cherry

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