Getting to know the timber species: walnut

Walnut is a fruit tree and there are two main species of walnut tree, National or Blonde walnut (Juglans regia) and Black or Canaletto walnut (Juglans nigra). Both species are sources of timber. Walnut is a very dense timber species that is popularly used for flooring, furniture, wall panelling, veneer for musical instruments, and interior decorating.

When choosing a timber species to use as flooring for your home, it is important to make the right choice the first time around. This will be a big part of your home’s interior design, so it needs to have the right look. Suitability is also an important factor that needs to be considered when choosing wooden flooring. If the location isn’t suitable (aka wet areas), then wooden flooring will not be the right choice. Making this choice can be difficult and it can seem intimidating, but there is no need to worry about that, this post is here to help you make the right choice and tell you what you should know before making a decision. If you can’t tell already, walnut wooden flooring is a viable option.

Why Choose Walnut Flooring?

Walnut flooring is sought after for its dark luxurious tones and grain patterns. This timber species is one of the most sustainable flooring choices all around the world. The distinguishing look of modern engineered walnut flooring elevates the entire room and surrounding furniture. Walnut flooring grain patterns can vary in colour from a creamy look to a deep brown, chocolate hue.

Luxurious

As walnut flooring ages, it will become more exquisite. The colour of the flooring will change with time and it will feel like your home is changing and growing with you. The luxurious look that your flooring will have if you choose walnut is unmatched. This is what makes walnut flooring unmatched and so popular.

It has unique grain patterns which gives the walnut flooring a sophisticated look that is difficult to replicate. There are different types of finishes that can be used on walnut flooring and these will give it a varied look: the finishes include an oil and lacquered finish.

Durability

Walnut is one of the most durable flooring choices that you can make. It is also resistant to decay so this timber species flooring choice will last for many years and you will not need to think about replacing it or restoring it any time soon. It will also continue to mature and look more elegant as it ages.

Walnut Flooring Compared To Other Timber Species

Walnut flooring is one of the best flooring choices that you can make. While oak flooring is the most common choice made for flooring, it doesn’t have any benefits that walnut flooring cannot also provide. The main differences would be the colour that oak flooring has, and that Oak flooring is cheaper, as it’s not as rare and easier to source than walnut flooring.

There are many different timber species that you can choose from when deciding to install wood flooring. Walnut and oak are two of the most popular choices, that look luxurious and elevate the room that they have been installed in. While other timber species lack in different characteristics, the only reason you might choose one of them is price and look. You can reduce the price for a wood floor installation by purchasing the engineered wood flooring option over the real option. 

Why Choose Engineered Wood Flooring Over Solid Wood Flooring?

First, let’s talk about what engineered wood flooring is. It is a variant of hardwood flooring with the crucial difference being that it isn’t 100% solid wood flooring. This sounds less enticing than choosing solid wood flooring, but the top layer is the only one that people can see and that layer is 100% solid wood. The layers below the top layer are made up of other wood-derived materials.

There are many reasons to choose engineered wood flooring over solid wood flooring. These will be talked about in detail in this part of the post.

Benefits Of Choosing Engineered Wood Flooring

  • Looks Real
    • Engineered wood flooring looks just like solid wood flooring. Today, it is very difficult to tell the difference between high-quality engineered flooring and real solid wood flooring.
  • Price
    • This is one of the most enticing reasons why people choose engineered flooring. It is cheaper than solid wood flooring. It looks just as good, and people will not be able to differentiate between them, but it will save you a small fortune.
  • Easy To Install
    • It is easy to work with so even beginner installers will be able to handle it. It can be installed quickly and easily and even removed easily if you want to replace it in the future. This does not apply for chevron and herringbone layouts, where we highly advise to get a specialist to install. We know the right people, so feel free to ask.
  • It Has Many Different Species, Grades, And Finishes
    • Just like solid wood flooring, engineered wood flooring comes in different species, grades, and finishes. It has the same variety of choices for its top layers. So you can choose the look you want, and the finish too.
  • Greater Moisture And Temperature Resistance
    • Engineered wood flooring is more resistant to moisture and temperature changes because of how it is formed. The wood will not shrink or swell as much as real solid hardwood flooring. Only engineered wood flooring can be used with underfloor heating, if solid wood flooring is used, the timber would crack.

There are many other reasons to choose engineered wood flooring over solid wood flooring, but these are the main ones. We recommend choosing engineered wood flooring over the solid wood option.

Conclusion

Walnut flooring can make any room look luxurious and is a wonderful choice to make for your home’s flooring. While other timber species have similar characteristics, there is a reason why walnut flooring is one of the most popular choices, and that’s because of how much of an all-rounder it is. The main downside of walnut flooring would be since that it has darker tones, debris will show up easier, but this is something that you would need to deal with if you choose the other flooring options. Having to clean the floor more frequently sounds like a worthwhile trade-off for luxurious flooring. If you want more information about flooring, then visit this page and ask about what you want to know.

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With over 15 years of experience within the industry, Paolo is an expert consultant of stone, tiles and wood flooring. Driven by the passion of what is aesthetically pleasant and practical at the same time, Paolo has a strong voice within the marketplace and he is not afraid to use it.