Information about Jatoba Wood Flooring

Published: 13th April 2010
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Today one of the most popular woods when it comes to hardwood floors is the Jatoba wood or as it is known, Brazilian cherry wood. This type of wood is known all over the world for its aesthetic appeal and beauty and also for its hardness and durability. Jatoba wood is used for flooring as well as furniture and it looks absolutely stunning when the final product is completed.


Jatoba wood or the Brazilian cherry wood is actually not a cherry tree though the name suggests that. These trees grow in Southern America, Central America, Caribbean, Southern Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and West Indies. These trees grow up to a height of 120 feet. The fruits, leaves and the wood of the tree have been used since centuries by the locals where these trees grow. The products of the tree are used for alternate medicines for treating bronchitis and diarrhea. The tree is also known to have anti-fungal infections. Quite often the leaves of the trees are consumed as a natural energy booster.

However, the most important use for the Jatoba or the Brazilian cherry tree is the wood. The wood of the tree has been used for decades in the furniture and the flooring business. Due to some of the characteristics of the wood like its stiffness and durability as well as it natural beauty, the wood of the tree has become quite an important product in the market.

Appearance and Properties

The sapwood of the Brazilian cherry wood is gray white in color. The heartwood turns to an orange-brown or a salmon-red color when it is fresh and it turns into reddish brown, russet with dark streaks when it is seasoned. Because of its natural beauty, its durability, hardness and its rich color it is considered to be one of the most well known exotic woods of all times. Apart from its warm reddish tones, the wood is lustrous and is noted for its durability and hardness. Since the wood is very dense it is also a very strong wood.

Strength and Durability

Jatoba stands at 2350 on the Janka scale which is quite high. It is one of the hardest woods in the world. When compared to red oak, jatoba is 81% harder, when compared to ash it is 78% harder and 62% harder than the hard maple, 23% than the jarrah. All of these figures indicate that jatoba is indeed one of the hardest woods today.

Jatoba has an interlocked grain and is high in density and therefore it might be a little difficult to work with the wood. However, it is very easy to achieve a smooth surface with the wood by sanding it. Nailing would be necessary before sawing or drilling the wood. Jatoba is very widely used today as a wooden flooring option because of its natural beauty and its long life. In homes that have large families and where the floors are subject to a lot of traffic and rough handling, jatoba turns out to be the best possible choice

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Liamk Gardner works for Yorkshire Flooring one of the largest flooring suppliers in Yorkshire supplying Parquet Flooring in Northampton and the surrounding areas. If you want some more information on Walnut flooring in Northampton go to their website.

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