One of the most enduring myths about our nation’s first president involves an axe and a tree. Today’s historians agree that George Washington never chopped down a cherry tree. Regardless, North Americans have been cultivating and harvesting cherry wood for generations, and many Greensboro families choose cherry for their floors to honor its long American tradition. Here at Floor Coverings International Triad, we help families in the greater Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point area find their dream floors. Read on for more information about George Washington’s favorite hardwood.
Timeless Warmth and Beauty
A deep, rich brown with red undertones, cherry gives your home an elegant look and feel. Many Greensboro homeowners enjoy the way the cherry looks in natural light, which brings out its rose hues as it ages. Much like hickory hardwood, cherry has a large amount of variation from board to board; so most families choose a plank or wide plank option.
Strong and Long-Lasting
Although cherry is a relatively soft wood—it’s Janka hardness score is only 950—it requires no more maintenance than any other domestic hardwood. Be sure to keep it clean and free from debris, and refinish your cherry hardwood floors every decade or so. Many large, busy families and pet owners choose Brazilian cherry, an exotic cherry variety, because of its supreme durability. With a Janka hardness score of 2,820, and a similar aesthetic to its American counterpart, Brazilian cherry is another great choice for Greensboro homeowners.
Cherry is native to the United States, and you can find it growing all over North Carolina and throughout the rest of the Eastern Seaboard. This makes it a truly local and sustainable flooring option—perfect for environmentally conscious homeowners.
Find Your Dream Floors
For more information about cherry, reach out to the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Triad. We offer free, in-home appointment so floor buying is easy and stress-free. Call today to find your dream floors.
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