When you think of hardwood floors, walnut may not be the first species that comes to mind. However, walnut flooring is in fact a beautiful and timeless choice for any Strongsville home. Of course, our experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland Southwest always recommend doing a bit of research before choosing new flooring, so if you are interested in walnut, here are a few things you should know:
About Walnut Flooring
Walnut has a rich, nut-brown color and swirling grain that differentiate it from other wood species, yet it is neutral enough that it can work in a variety of spaces. With a sleek and glossy finish, walnut floors look great in both contemporary and traditional homes. Walnut can also be stained if you prefer a darker brown hue.
One thing to note is that walnut is a softer wood, rating only 1010 on the Janka hardness scale. While walnut floors should still hold up for many years, they can also be susceptible to scratching and denting. However, you can take steps to protect your floors, like using area rugs in high traffic areas and adding felt pads to furniture legs. You can also have your floors refinished down the road if necessary.
The advantage to a softer wood like walnut is that it is more comfortable than rigid materials like tile, stone, and certain hardwoods. If you are standing on your floors for long periods of time, walnut will be easier on your feet and joints in the long run.
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