American walnut, also known as black walnut, produces beautiful, dark-hued hardwood floors. Homeowners in the Clearwater, East Lake, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Trinity areas love walnut hardwood because it is a unique and classic option for their home. It adds an elegant and contemporary look to any room, and its rich color and complex grain patterns will appeal to any homeowner. Think walnut floors might be for you? Here are a few tips from the experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake to help you decide:
Advantages of Walnut Hardwood
Walnut flooring typically has a rich, nut-brown color and a varied grain that makes it stand out from other types of hardwood. Its natural coloration varies from the creamy golden tones of the sapwood to the brownish-black of the heartwood. Homeowners can install walnut in both of these color variations for a unique look. Walnut takes stain, polish, and sealant very well, and it can be finished to a consistent coloring throughout. Unlike most hardwoods, walnut does lighten over time from sun exposure. As one of the softer hardwood species, walnut makes for a more comfortable wood floor.
Disadvantages of Walnut Hardwood
American walnut is a softer hardwood, so it is more susceptible to denting and scratching. It isn’t an ideal hardwood choice for areas of the home with high amounts of foot traffic. On the Janka hardness scale, American walnut rates at only 1010 – lower than many other common hardwood species. However, walnut hardwood can be sanded and refinished several times, which helps to keep it looking like new even when damage occurs.
Let the experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake work with you on your new hardwood project. Schedule your free in-home consultation where we bring the samples right to your door! Our trained design associates will work with you to select the best flooring option for each room of the house. We proudly serve the greater Clearwater, East Lake, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Trinity areas and look forward to working with you!
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