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Cherry Wood Flooring
Clear grade is the highest grade of Cherry flooring available.
Other Grades of Cherry Wood Flooring:
Clear Cherry Flooring Dimension Specifications:
Clear grade American Cherry will have the longest lengths in comparison to lower grades. Clear grade can sometimes be found pre-milled in 7-foot bundles but typically is custom-made to order. The lengths and widths are made specifically to each project’s specifications. The longest lengths can be from 10 to 14 feet, and the widths can vary from 2¼″ up to 12″. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. Clear grade Cherry is found in unfinished ¾″ solid typically but can be custom-prefinished or engineered with a veneer top layer.
Clear grade American Cherry flooring is readily available. Custom orders usually demand 2–3 weeks for production, depending on lumber availability. Pre-milled standard 7-foot bundles are usually not a stock item.
Finished Floor Appearance:
Clear grade American Cherry will have an even light reddish appearance. The long lengths produced make for fewer joints and a more desirable floor aesthetically. Cherry is extremely sensitive to sunlight and will darken considerably with an oil-based finish. A de-waxed shellac or lacquer should be first applied to protect the natural color of the wood. Also, water-based finishes can be applied to slow color change.
Flooring Durability and Stability:
Clear Cherry is moderately durable but resists denting and traffic wear much better than pine. Cherry is relatively stable in comparison to other species like Yellow Pine.
Workability of Clear American Cherry Flooring:
Although a hardwood, Clear Cherry flooring works with little difficulty with both hand and power tools. When installing the flooring, it is best to use a manual nailer, but staples and pneumatic nailers work well. Installation is quicker with higher-grade flooring because the lengths of the boards are typically longer. Cherry holds screws well, and it glues, stains, and polishes to a very attractive finish. It can be somewhat difficult to sand with flooring equipment because of its tight grain. Professional sanding and finishing is recommended.
Principal Uses of Clear American Cherry Flooring:
Because of its price, Clear Cherry flooring is used in high-end residential applications for a dramatically elegant floor. It is also used for color-contrasting borders and medallions.