A Walnut hardwood floor is one of those truly beautiful wood products not only to install, but in the whole aesthetics when the job is done. The colour is so rich and being a natural not a stained tone each board takes on it own appeal. That being said walnut wood floors do have one downfall, at least when we talk about functionality.
Typically a customer really only wants to have an intense conversation about decorating, while in the process of selecting a floor. What hardwood flooring, paint and railing will make the home look like a million bucks. But having been in the business for 25 years, I’ve come to realize that they all start talking about wear ability after the first date, the first dent or the first disaster.
Young Johnny drops a soup tin on your new walnut hardwood floor and panic sets in. This is somewhat justifiable, since walnut only ranks 1,010 on the Janka hardness scale. If you are familiar with the latter your know that the higher the number the harder the wood. Maple, for instance is over 1400 and exotic woods like Brazilian Cherry are over 2500, so that American black walnut hardwood flooring is significantly softer than other options. This is a reality!
Many manufacturers only apply a satin finish for the top coat to make the eventual dings and dents somewhat less noticeable. This does help. The reality is that you need accept that a walnut hardwood floor will get its share of dents BUT the big advantage is that because the colour is natural you never have to worry about scrapping off a deep stained top layer and exposing a lighter, natural finish of the wood below. Walnut is a deep chocolate-purple tone throughout the entire thickness of the wood. Scratches can be easily repaired with a touch-up polyurethane pen.
Thus where the softness may be a concern in high traffic applications the fact that a walnut hardwood floor is colour consistent throughout its thickness kind of counter balances this downside. As with all life, purchasing hardwood flooring is full of tradeoffs. Just make sure you understand the balance sheet.
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