Cherry Hardwood Flooring

An introduction to Cherry hardwood flooring

One of the most popular flooring options for residential and commercial settings, Cherry hardwood flooring brings a rich inviting warmth to any space. With heartwood that varies from rich red to reddish-brown and sapwood that runs from light brown to pinkish pale tones, Cherry floors will darken over time to a burnished auburn color with subtle but flowing grain patterns.

At Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, we offer a wide variety of selections in Cherry hardwood flooring as well as number of other hardwood, pine and reclaimed flooring options. This brief guide to Cherry wood floors provides an overview of floors made from this American classic hardwood and answers frequently asked questions about Cherry hardwood flooring.

Is Cherry hardwood flooring right for your space?

While Cherry hardwood flooring is a warm and elegant addition to any room, there are many other hardwoods you may choose from when designing a floor that will grace your home or business for years to come. At Carlisle, we offer 10 hardwood species, 3 pine species and 6 types of reclaimed floors.

  • Red Oak is a highly popular hardwood with deep salmon tones in the heartwood and tight, consistent grain patterns.
  • White Oak is a resilient wood with light, nutty brown tones and dramatic grain features that range from intricate swirls to simple and sleek lines.
  • Rift & Quartersawn White Oak features boards that are cut at a 90-degree angle from their growth rings to produce straight parallel lines for a strikingly beautiful floor.
  • White Maple offers beautiful flowing grain patterns with natural color tones that feature cleaner and lighter hues.
  • Brown Maple features rich hues of brown, gold and amber with subtle and consistent grain patterns.
  • Walnut has rich chocolate hues with reddish undertones and complex grain patterns.
  • Birch floors have boards with blonde outer edges and warm amber portions, with grain patterns that run from highly figured flames to subtle swirls.
  • Ash floors are known for interesting grain patterns and striking hues and offer amazing density.
  • Hickory floors are incredibly dense and have rich cocoa brown and beige hues with lighter blonde sapwood.
  • Heart Pine has a warm patina with colors that range from amber and pumpkin to dark modern hues.
  • Eastern White Pine features smooth grain with beautiful knots and versatile finish capabilities.
  • Hit or Miss Pine floors use distressing techniques to reproduce the saw marks on boards that were cut and milled a century ago.
  • Reclaimed flooring options in Oak, Heart Pine or Chestnut floors made from planks that are salvaged from old buildings like farms and factories to produce an antique-looking floor.
Cherry hardwood flooring in a Wyoming living room

Frequently Asked Questions

What is distressed Cherry hardwood flooring?

Distressed Cherry hardwood flooring is treated with a variety of techniques to give it an aged and antique appearance. At Carlisle, our craftsmen use several methods to distress our wide plank floors, including adding hand scraped edges, reproducing the saw marks from early sawmills, and adding gentle wear and weatherization to recreate the look of boards that have been lived on and walked on for generations.

What is prefinished Cherry hardwood flooring?

While unfinished Cherry flooring must be finished after installation, prefinished Cherry hardwood flooring is sanded, stained and sealed at a manufacturer’s facility before it is delivered for installation. Prefinished Cherry hardwood flooring enables you to skip the mess of sanding and staining and to avoid the inconvenience of having to vacate the premise for a day or two while the floor is sealed.

What is engineered Cherry hardwood flooring?

Engineered Cherry wood flooring is made with a veneer of Cherry hardwood that is typically glued to multiple layers of a backing material like pressboard, fiberboard or plywood. At Carlisle, we use Baltic Birch for backing material to produce a stronger engineered floor. The construction of engineered flooring is designed to provide greater resilience in setting that have higher-than-normal fluctuations in temperature and moisture. Unlike solid wood flooring, an engineered floor will not expand or contract with these large changes in relative timidity. Engineered flooring is not appropriate for environments that consistently fall below 30% relative humidity

How hard is Cherry hardwood flooring?

Cherry has a Janka hardness rating of 995, placing it among the softer options for hardwood flooring and roughly equal to the hardness of Walnut floors. However, with professional finishing and proper care, Cherry hardwood flooring can easily last for several generations.

What are best practices for how to care for Cherry hardwood flooring?

Cherry hardwood flooring can be easily cleaned with a simple solution of immigrant water (one or 2 ounces of vinegar to 2 gallons of water), but you should always check the instructions provided by the manufacturer or installer of your floor for the most appropriate cleaning methods.

Can Cherry hardwood flooring be stained to any color?

While Cherry can theoretically be stained to a wide variety of colors, it’s best to use a stain that will accentuate the grain patterns and natural color of dark Cherry wood flooring. At Carlisle, we offer a wide range of possibilities for stain colors, along with expert guidance to help you choose the best stain for your floor.

Where are the timbers for Cherry hardwood flooring found?

American Black Cherry trees are found throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States, though the trees that are most often used for Cherry hardwood flooring come from Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. At Carlisle, we harvest mature Cherry timbers from the Allegheny Plateau, where perfect soil conditions and shorter growing seasons produce the rich heartwood that is the hallmark of Cherry hardwood flooring.

What is Cherry hardwood?

Cherry is a medium density hardwood with good bending properties and medium strength and shock resistance, making it an excellent choice for hardwood flooring. With hues that run from rich red to reddish-brown in the heartwood and creamy white to pinkish tones in the sapwood, Cherry hardwood flooring is highly prize for its rich inviting warmth.

Carlisle: your premier source for Cherry hardwood flooring.

For more than half a century, Carlisle has been a global leader in wide plank hardwood floors. Our Cherry hardwood flooring is lovingly and painstakingly handcrafted to be an essential expression of your unique sense of style and beauty. Your Carlisle floor is a masterpiece that will come to define your space, a stunning surface that sets the stage for life at home or work.

In addition to exceptional floors, we offer an unparalleled level of customer service. From selecting the wood to choosing a stain color and customizing your floor with texture, grades and patterns, our customer service team provides expert guidance and attentive assistance from start to finish, making the process of designing your Carlisle floor as pleasurable as living on it.