Few hardwoods say class and elegance like walnut. Surging in popularity in recent years, walnut has been a well-loved material for interior millwork for a long time. Its rich color and complex grain patterns will appeal to any homeowner in the Houston area.
Our team at Floor Coverings International Houston Heights has gathered some information about walnut hardwood flooring to help you understand the benefits of this material and if it might be the right choice for your home.
Walnut is prized for its rich chocolate hues and auburn undertones. Its natural coloration varies from the creamy golden tones of the sapwood to the brownish black of the heartwood. Floorboards that feature a combination of the two produce very interesting color variations. Walnut also takes stain, polish, and sealant very well, and it can be finished to a consistent coloring throughout.
Walnut is a relatively hard wood, ranking a 1,010 on the Janka hardness scale, slightly less hard than red oak, against which most hardwoods are compared. Unlike many hardwoods, walnut is not UV stable and will become lighter as it ages.
There are many types of walnut available, including English walnut, Butternut, and Claro walnut, but not all are suitable for building materials. Also, beware of walnut impersonators, such as Brazilian walnut, which may be lovely but is not a true walnut at all.
The species most commonly used in walnut flooring is the Black walnut variety grown in the central U.S. It’s considered a sustainable wood and is harvested primarily from privately owned lands following best practice guidelines.
Walnut is a relatively expensive hardwood, but can be well worth the cost for the warmth and elegance it contributes to a room. “Walnut finished” wood, referring to inexpensive wood planks stained to a walnut color, is also a popular option for those who want the walnut look without the price tag. Laminate and vinyl flooring are also available in walnut colors at a much lower cost.
Our team at Floor Coverings International Houston Heights would love to discuss walnut and other hardwood flooring options with you. Contact us for a free in-home design consultation, and we can help you find the perfect floor covering for your Houston home.
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