Why Use Walnut Wood Flooring?
When you are planning your new floor you have many decisions to make, but let’s assume you have already made the choice of laying engineered hardwood flooring for a timeless, long-lasting, beautiful effect, then the next decision is what type of hardwood to use. The majority will probably select oak without too much debate, but a few will consider the rarer and more exotic sultry beauty of modern walnut wood flooring. Black American walnut is rather less common than oak, although don’t worry the wood is sourced sustainably, but this scarcity makes it rather more of an investment than oak and, as such, you will want to have good reason to select it. So let’s look at some of the benefits of walnut wood flooring.
Why Use Walnut wood flooring, What Makes It Special
The most obvious, and indeed visible, benefit of modern engineered walnut wood flooring is its beautiful appearance. Walnut has a very varied grain both in terms of pattern and also of colour. The colour of the grain ranges from creamy, through café-au-lait, to deep brown, and almost black with hints of purple. The grain can vary hugely too; sometimes fairly straight, in other places wavy, or frequently swirly with noticeable differences in the width of the colour bands. As such, walnut is more or less impossible to replicate well, and so there is little danger of anyone mistaking your floor for a cheap laminate.
The rich warm tones of walnut make it ideal for a larger room where you desire a hint of opulence from the ground up, for example a living room or master bedroom. Don’t forget that engineered wood flooring can be laid over underfloor heating, so you can have the benefit of luxury wood flooring and still enjoy warmth underfoot on cold winter mornings.
Due to its construction, our Supreme 21mm thick engineered walnut wood flooring is very stable and reliable. The board has a 10-ply hardwood under-core topped off with a 6mm solid, satin lacquered, walnut wear layer, giving you a 21mm total thickness. Although it’s never recommended that any wood flooring is laid in a damp environment this high spec construction has proved itself to be very resilient to moisture for our customers in the past. In fact, we had some interesting customer feedback from a lady who’s property flooded over her walnut flooring in her utility room. You can read about it here.)
About the author
Tom Fanthorpe. Director, JFJ Wood Flooring Ltd
Tom is one half of the father & son team behind JFJ Wood Flooring. An experienced wood flooring specialist with over 7 years in the industry, Tom is following in his father John's footsteps as a true expert in his chosen field. Having absorbed much of John's 35+ years of experience in the joinery and timber trade, Tom now leads the wood flooring department and holds ultimate responsibility for everything from customer service to sales, logistics to quality control.