Walnut is an upscale hardwood made popular for its unmistakable beauty and durability. If you’re considering a rich brown wood floor, look no further. Walnut hardwood flooring is sure to make an elegant statement in your Plano, Allen, Lucas, Parker area home. Check out this quick beginner guide on walnut hardwood flooring from the team at Floor Coverings International Plano.

Walnut hardwood flooring in Plano

Brazilian Walnut vs. American Walnut

While Brazilian walnut and American walnut are similar in appearance, there are two key differences between them: hardness and price.

American walnut has a Janka hardness rating of 1010, while Brazilian walnut has a rating of 3684. You may be wondering if this really matters when choosing a hardwood. The answer is yes. The harder a wood is, or the higher Janka rating it has, the better it will stand up to wear and tear.

Brazilian walnut is more than three times as hard as American walnut and will do a better job in homes with kids and pets. American walnut can still do a great job, but more caution should be taken to ensure your floors last as long as possible. Plus, American walnut is less expensive than Brazilian walnut, which is a great option if you want an exotic-looking hardwood on a budget.

Advantages:

  • Walnut floors can bring a rich and luxurious feel to a home. The dark color of the wood speaks elegance and is sure to impress your guests.
  • While they are most well known for their deep brown color, walnut floors can be made to fit any style room. They can be bleached to make for a lighter caramel floor or stained for a darker chocolate look.
  • The majority of mid-range budgets will accommodate walnut floors.
  • Walnut can be cut in a variety of sizes so you aren’t limited to one style. Wide plank… herringbone… the options are endless!
  • These floors won’t warp over time in extreme temperatures or humidity. So rest assured they will last you and your family for years to come.
  • Walnut flooring is relatively easy to source, but still not as common as oak flooring. So you can feel like you have a unique hardwood while not having to worry about complications with ordering.

Disadvantages:

  • Because of their dark color, walnut floors have a tendency to show more dust and you may need to vacuum more often than you would with a lighter colored floor.
  • While the hardness of Brazilian hardwood makes it a great option for high traffic areas, it is also more challenging, and often more expensive, to cut and install. Consider that in your flooring budget before making a final selection.

Is Walnut Flooring Right for Me?

There’s no question that walnut floors are beautiful, but are they right for you? If you are considering walnut hardwood floors for your Plano, Allen, Lucas, Parker area home, give the experts at Floor Coverings International Plano a call to set up a free in-home consultation. We are a full-service flooring company that can do everything from help you weigh your options to installation.

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