Walnut flooring has surged in popularity in recent years with the comeback of the mid century modern style, but this has always been a popular hardwood for flooring and interior millwork. Walnut is prized for its rich color, straight grain pattern, and ease of use. It’s a great option for modern and traditional homes in the Boynton Beach area.
There are some pros and cons to consider before installing walnut flooring in your home. Learn more about this hardwood here, and contact our team at Floor Coverings International Boca Raton for a free in-home design consultation when you are ready to get started.
Walnut Flooring Characteristics
Black walnut, also known as North American walnut, is the species most frequently used for furniture making and interior millwork, including cabinets, floors, and casings. Black walnut is harvested in the central United States and is considered a sustainable resource.
Walnut flooring ranges in color from the creamy hues of the sapwood to the dark chocolate browns of the heartwood. The graining in this wood tends to be straight, although you can find planks with wavy or curly grain patterns. Walnut is easy to stain and seal, giving homeowners even more versatility in the appearance and finish of the wood. And, because the wood is easier to work with than harder wood species, installation is less challenging.
Walnut ranks toward the bottom of the Janka hardness scale, meaning it’s less resistant to dings and dents than other popular hardwood options such as maple and red oak. It may not be the best option for spaces with high traffic and pets, but when cared for properly it will stand the test of time. Walnut is not UV stable and will lighten as it ages. If you anticipate this process, however, it can add to the character and charm of the wood.
Caring for Your Walnut Flooring
Like all hardwood floors, regular sweeping and vacuuming is important to avoid damage from dirt and debris. Standing water can also damage wood floors, so be sure to use a damp mop for deeper cleanings, and clean up spills quickly. Rugs are recommended at entry points and in high traffic areas.
Homeowners can also consider alternatives to hardwood flooring for easier maintenance and lower cost. Engineered hardwood is a good choice if you want to install walnut flooring below grade, where moisture is more likely to accumulate. Laminate flooring in a walnut finish can also provide a cost effective and durable floor covering with the beautiful look of walnut.
If you are interested in learning more about walnut and other hardwood flooring options, give us a call at Floor Coverings International Boca Raton. We will provide a free design consultation in your Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach home to help you find the perfect floor covering for your space.
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