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We installed the Bellawood Brazilian Cherry 3 1/4" x 5" hardwood floor. I have completed our review and here are our photos.

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3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry | Lumber Liquidators
BELLAWOOD Select 3/4"x5" Jatoba Hymenaea Courbaril 2820 Clear Finish Solid

BELLAWOOD  3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry

BELLAWOOD Select 3/4"x5" Jatoba Hymenaea Courbaril 2820 Clear Finish Solid
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BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Select Brazilian Cherry Prefinished Solid Hardwood Flooring

We Redefined Quality, Again. We set the quality standard by introducing a groundbreaking finish so tough it allowed us to offer one of the first 50 year warranties. Others followed. So, we raised the bar again. Now Bellawood is backed by a Certified 100 Year Transferable Warranty that covers you and generations to come.

Brazilian Cherry is one of our most popular woods because of its ideal balance of rich beauty and proven durability. Its majestic colors range from a yellowish tan to reddish brown when just milled, and it deepens significantly to an exquisite deep cherry brown as it ages. For spaces that demand durability year after year, residential or commercial, Brazilian Cherry is an excellent flooring choice.
This product is proudly finished in the USA.

About "Select Grade" Flooring
Select Grade has the most uniform color with no large knots and the longest average lenght of planks. Also referred to as First Grade.

Crafted to a Higher Standard. Every board is milled to precise specifications to ensure ease of install and topped with our industry-leading scratch-resistant finish. In fact, quality control engineers walk over 12 miles a day inspecting each board, before and after the finishing process.

  We caught up with real Lumber Liquidators' customers who volunteered to discuss their floor shopping, buying and installation experiences. In no way did these customers receive compensation for their kind words. (They're speaking straight from the heart.)

 

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  • Brand: BELLAWOOD
  • FLOORING SKU: 10004530
  • SAMPLE SKU: SAMPLE-10004604
  • Limited Warranty: 100 years
  • Trade Name: Jatoba
  • Botanical Name: Hymenaea Courbaril
  • Marketing Name: Brazilian Cherry
  • Janka Rating: 2820
  • AC Rating: N/A
  • Width: 5"
  • Thickness: 3/4"
  • Construction: Solid
  • Installation Type: Nail, Staple
  • Sq. Ft. Per Box: 23.33
  • Hardness Rating: 123% Harder than Red Oak
  • Waste: 10%
  • Installation Details:  Installation Guide.pdf


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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
BELLAWOOD3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry
 
4.4

(based on 154 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive finish (139)
  • Beautiful color (124)
  • Easy to clean (98)
  • Durable (89)
  • Easy to install (73)

Cons

  • Difficult to install (23)
  • Scratches easily (17)
  • Prone to warping (5)
  • Finish (3)

Best Uses

  • Dining room (93)
  • Living room (89)
  • Family room (84)
  • Bedroom (70)
  • Office (55)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (51), Casual do-it-yourselfer (32), Beginner (15), Professional (12), Do-it-yourself (9)

Reviewed by 154 customers

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2.0

It's ok

By jrmyl

from Independence, KY

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Finish
  • Beautiful Color

Cons

  • Not Consistent Sizes

Best Uses

  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Family Room
  • Living Room
  • Office

Comments about BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry:

I recently installed this in our master bedroom. I was really looking forward to doing this product as it is very beautiful. However, it came with many headaches. The board widths were not a consistent size. This resulted in several gaps where one board would be about 3 or 4 mm narrower than the board it was joined up with. Once I realized what the problem was, (half way through the floor), I then started arranging the boards one row at a time by comparing their widths to ensure that they would all have a common edge for the next row to join up with. Of course this slowed down the project considerably and also resulted in several boards that are unusable due to not having enough to complete an entire row with.

All in all, I can't believe that Bob Vila would recommend this product if he is getting the same quality product that I received.

 
4.0

Looks great, but finish will scratch

By TK

from Bucks County, PA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Beautiful Color
  • Easy To Clean

Cons

  • Finish Will Scratch

Best Uses

    Comments about BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry:

    Beautiful wood -- looks great! However, as durable as the wood is, the finish still scratches, and those scratches stand out.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely Beautiful!

    By Johnny C.

    from Los Angeles, Ca.

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Attractive Finish
    • Beautiful Color
    • Easy To Clean
    • Easy To Install
    • Quality Product

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bedroom
      • Dining Room
      • Office

      Comments about BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry:

      We couldn't be happier! Great product, helpful people at L.L.

       
      5.0

      Absolutely Gorgeous Floors!

      By Very Happy With New Floors

      from Crofton, MD

      About Me Beginner

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Finish
      • Beautiful Color
      • Durable
      • Easy To Clean

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dining Room
        • Family Room
        • Living Room
        • Office

        Comments about BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry:

        We just got these floors installed in over 1600 sq. feet in our house, including two sets of stairs and we couldn't love them any more! The color is gorgeous, and the wide 5" planks make it look very modern. It instantly updated our house when it replaced the 1990's pine thin-planked wood floors and yarn carpet. Highly recommend this color and style.

         
        5.0

        Third time buying

        By RFG

        from Macomb MI

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Attractive Finish
        • Beautiful Color
        • Durable
        • Easy To Clean
        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Room

          Comments about BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry:

          I installed over 700 sq ft. of 3/4"x5" Brazilian cherry this weekend and there was one (1) board that had a slight manufacturing defect. we basically picked the boards from the box and installed. The installation was flawless and the flooring is beautiful. Looking forward to the floor getting it's beautiful red patina.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good product, on the pricey side

          By Darth Vader

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Finish
          • Durable

          Cons

          • Difficult To Install
          • Professional Installation

          Best Uses

          • Bedroom
          • Dining Room
          • Family Room
          • Living Room

          Comments about BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry:

          an excellent product, 3/4" thickness, ensuring it can be refinished multiple times, if the need arises.

          use a professional to install this product.
          widths were consistent among the planks.
          used an underlayment on which the product was installed.

          Service and delivery comments:

          delivery was prompt, in good condition.
          the driver dropped off the boxes inside the house. each box (23.3 sq feet) weighs about 90 lbs.

          my only beef is that the email I received from Lumber Liquidators shows an order date of 07/01 when the actual order date was 07/15.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love, love, love our floors!

          By beauty lover

          from Colesville, MD

          Pros

          • Attractive Finish
          • Beautiful Color
          • Easy To Clean
          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Living Room

            Comments about BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry:

            These beautiful gleaming Brazilian Cherry floors changed our TV room from a disaster to a showpiece. The Bellawood standard and 100 warranty lets us enjoy them (with two boys and their friends!) worry free.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love It

            By Kevin

            from Columbia, MD

            About Me Beginner

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Beautiful Color

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry:

                Had it professionally installed....looks awesome! 14 boxes and not a single defective board.

                Don't agree with being charged a re-stocking fee of 20% for the 2 boxes that I returned.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Very Durable and Beautiful

                By Rich

                from Burlington, NJ

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Finish
                • Beautiful Color
                • Durable
                • Easy To Clean
                • Random lengths

                Cons

                • Difficult To Install
                • Quality Control
                • Random Lengths

                Best Uses

                • Dining Room
                • Family Room
                • Kitchen
                • Living Room

                Comments about BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry:

                Random length boards make for a beautiful resulting look but also add to the complexity of trying to lay it down without any visible pattern. The quality control has gone down over the years as my install a week ago had several boards missing a majority of the tongue. With the high price of the boards, every defect is painful.

                About 1/3rd of my boards were also 1/16th of an inch smaller than all of the rest (one was 1/8th of an inch smaller, so it was useless). With boards of this width, you are extra conscious about the gaps between boards, so if the thickness is off, you will have a very visible gap no matter how tight you try to make the boards.

                Overall, a beautifuly wood product. Keep in mind, this wood WILL DARKEN as it is exposed to the air and UV sunlight. Coming out of the box, it looks almost like Oak, but in a very short time the rich beautiful color will come out.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                not as nice second time around

                By still not sure

                from pittsburgh pa

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Clean
                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                • Many Defects In Stain
                • Many Scratched Boards

                Best Uses

                • Bedroom

                Comments about BELLAWOOD 3/4" x 5" Brazilian Cherry:

                we used this same hardwood 2 years ago in one bedroom with wonderful results- the floor is beautiful- out of 11 boxes of wood there was less than 1/2 box that was not suitable to use. So imagine our dismay when this year we bought 7 boxes to finish a smaller bedroom and ended up with more than 1 whole box of boards that were scratched, chipped, had defects in the finish, and were even cracked. We had to go buy an additional box to finish the room, after I told the salesman about our other wood he did let me inspect this box before taking it home- you are not able to return opened boxes. I don't know if they changed something since we did the first room, but I am up in the air now. I wanted to use the Brazilian cherry in my dining room too.

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                • Q:

                  Can solid Brazilian Cherry be installed over radiant floor heating?
                  Asked on 4/21/2014 by Baz from Vermont

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    No Brazilian Cherry cannot go over readiant heat. Thank you for your inquiry

                    Answered on 4/22/2014 by cc-3
                • Q:

                  please give some clear guidance can your 3/4" X 5" Brazilian cherry by Bellawood be glued directly down to "above grade" concrete slab with the use of a moisture barrier, without having issues or voiding warranty
                  Asked on 3/12/2014 by Glue it from Santee Ca

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    We do not recommend gluing 3/4" solid flooring direclty to a concrete slab. You can use our Elastilon self adhesive underlayment and float the floor over the concrete slab. For more information please call our Tech and Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for a detailed answer to your question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                    Answered on 3/14/2014 by cc-3
                • Q:

                  Hello,

                  The instructions for this wood indicate 18 ga cleats, however, my nailer uses 16 ga L cleats. Would this be a problem or are the 16 ga cleats too large for this wood?

                  Also, I saw that there is an installation method for the 5" boards that would add wood glue toward the groove end. Question there as I would be installing over 3/4" tongue & groove subfloor. My thought was given the tongue and groove subfloor, I would defnitely want felt underneath to minimize any subsequent squeaking. This install will be in a kitchen, so I wanted to know whether you thought it more important to glue the back ends vs. laying down a felt underpad.

                  Thanks in advance!
                  Asked on 2/16/2014 by Richard from Long Island, NY

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Please call our Tech and Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for a detailed answer to your question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                    Answered on 2/18/2014 by cc-3
                • Q:

                  how much does a box weigh?
                  Asked on 11/14/2013 by jr

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Box weighs 87lbs
                    Thank you for your inquiry

                    Answered on 11/15/2013 by cc-3
                • Q:

                  Can this flooring be installed on concrete floors?
                  Asked on 10/17/2013 by Judy from United States

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    FLOATING INSTALLATION – Flooring not attached to the subfloor
                    The Elastilon Installation System allows the floating installation of solid wood flooring over wood and concrete substrates. To maintain your warranty follow closely the Elastilon installation guidelines found on the Lumber Liquidators website. Note recommendations for moisture barriers.
                    Thank you for your inquiry

                    Answered on 10/23/2013 by cc-3
                • Q:

                  How dent and scratch resistant is cherry wood flooring. Compared to other hard woods is it the hardest
                  Asked on 9/17/2013 by none from Center Harbor NH

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Brazilian Cherry ( Trade Name: Jatoba) has a Janka Rating: 2820 compare to red Oak @ 1290.
                    It is not the hardest flooring available.
                    Despite today's advanced technology, water spills, dirt and other abrasive substances can damage a wood floor's finish. Location, traffic patterns, how often the floor is vacuumed and cleaned, children and/or pets are all factors that influence wear and durability.
                    This product question would be better answered by our Sales Department, they are more familiar with all of our flooring products and can better assist you with your questions.
                    Please call our Sales Dept. @ (800) 476-0007 for pricing and availability. Thank you for your inquiry.

                    Answered on 9/17/2013 by cc-2
                • Q:

                  CAn you use a steam mop (no chemicals) to clean the floor
                  Asked on 5/18/2013 by noelle

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    Lumber Liquidators does not recommend "Water brooms" "Wet-Jet Swiffers or steamer type cleaners on laminates, corks or hardwood floors. Although steamers may work well cleaning OTHER types of hard surface flooring, the 130° to 240° heated steam vapor can ruin wood or urethane finish resulting in warped or cupped flooring. Water and wood do not mix well, especially steam. Use these products at your own risk.

                    Answered on 5/20/2013 by Tech & Install
                • Q:

                  Many installers say that Brazilian Cherry 5" width must be nailed down and glued down together. They say that if it not glued down, the board is much more susceptible to change in humidity and can display wide gaps. I did not see glue down requirement in installation guide. So should I go for glue in addition to nails? Thanks!
                  Asked on 5/12/2013 by DG from NJ

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    Normally hardwood, the width sizes of 2"-3 1/2" are referred to as strip floorings. Widths sizes 4"- 6" are referred to as boards and 8"- 12" are refereed to as Planks.

                    Because wide planks are subject to center splits, it is recommended to also secure the flooring from the top with additional fasteners, either screw and plugs, or a decorative exposed top-nail.

                    Strip and board hardwood generally only need to be blind nailed at the tongue. Board installations can benefit from additional back gluing. This is done by omitting the felt building paper and applying urethane adhesive (1/4" thick bead in a tight snaky pattern) with a caulk gun to the back of each board, then nail.


                    Type "Wide" here - http://www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/flooring/Flooring101
                    and select Wide Plank Flooring installation Tips (pdf)

                    Some installers recommend gluing tongue and groove ends only for 4" or wider boards. I've done it myself without issue.

                    Answered on 5/13/2013 by Tech & Install
                • Q:

                  Could rhis be used in Bathroom
                  Asked on 3/25/2013 by shel from Dayron Oh

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    Wood flooring can be installed through out the home, but there are concerns about installation in bathrooms. Bathrooms are areas of high moisture. With full baths there are concerns with water spills, high humidity due to steamy showers, and toilet over flows. Elevated moisture in a full bath can create finish issues, board warping, and buckling. When installing in these areas extreme caution is advised and it is recommended to choose wood flooring with high stability. Make sure you have good air flow and use mats to absorb moisture when coming out of the tube or shower. Many wood floors will not be warranted in a bathroom application. An alternative would be our Tranquility vinyl Click flooring. The Tranquility vinyl click flooring looks like real wood, but will not be affected by moisture like wood floors.

                    Answered on 3/26/2013 by Tech & Install
                • Q:

                  is the flooring normally installed under cabinets
                  Asked on 12/13/2012 by Bob from MA

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    Flooring should be installed AFTER cabinets are installed. This is because flooring needs to expand and contract freely. Expansion gaps are needed around perimeter and around any fixed vertical obstructions. Quarter Round molding or shoe molding is used to cover the expansion gap.

                    Answered on 12/15/2012 by Tech & Install
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