dark walnut floors in Monmouth living room

Walnut flooring can add lasting beauty and value to your home. A growing favorite in Monmouth County NJ, walnut flooring actually improves with age, its rich colors and swirling grain patterns deepening and developing more character over time. Here, our team at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County explores what you should know about walnut hardwood floors to see if they are the right option for you.

Characteristics

Walnut comes in several varieties from around the world, including Brazilian, American, and Asian. Most walnut flooring is chocolate brown in color with a soft purple tinge toward the center of the wood. It can also be stained to match a variety of hues, though most people apply a clear finish to showcase the wood’s natural beauty. Dark hardwoods particularly benefit from satin or matte finishes that help hide the appearance of dirt and the occasional scratch.

Durability

Like cherry hardwood flooring, the hardness of walnut flooring varies greatly by species.  For example, Brazilian walnut (also known as Ipe) is extremely hard—about 185% harder than red oak. It’s important to know that Brazilian walnut is considered an exotic hardwood and as such, comes at a much higher price than other varieties. American walnut is significantly softer and requires a more durable finish to keep it safe from scratches and dents.

Considerations

Walnut is often more expensive than other hardwood options, such as red and white oak or maple, which are also more durable. Because walnut is a softer wood, it might not be the best flooring choice for the busier areas of your home. Fortunately, our Design Associates that you work with at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County are well-versed in everything hardwood and will assist you in assessing your hardwood needs and recommend the right walnut flooring choice for you.

Learn More from Our Team

Whatever your preference of walnut flooring, the experts at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home flooring consultation! We’ll bring our mobile showroom with hundreds of flooring samples right to your door. We proudly provide the greater Monmouth and Ocean County areas with expert advice, great selection, and professional installation.

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