Faced with a wide variety of options to choose from, many first-time hardwood floor buyers can become overwhelmed by all of the information involved with their potential purchase.  Here at Ability Wood Flooring in Orlando, Florida, we’re happy to explain the details about any wood that may be installed in your home. In today’s blog post, we’ll walk you through the feature and benefits of the walnut wood species.

Walnut is a wood with moderate hardness. The color difference between its sapwood and heartwood is very pronounced, which results in significant variations in color and grain between boards. Walnut shows minimal color variation when exposed to intense light.

3 Key Facts About Walnut Wood:

  1. Walnut sapwood is creamy white and sometimes tan, with heartwood ranging from rich dark brown to purplish black.
  2.  Walnut tends to lighten over time.
  3. Marks, scratches, and imperfections are more obvious on walnut because of its hardness and density. That’s why we advise buyers to consider the difference between a wood’s “scratch resistant” rating vs the wood’s surface vs scratch contrast after a scratch. You can learn more about these differences in our blog post: “4 truths about the Janka “Myth” at AbilityWoodFlooring.com/4-truths-about-the-janka-myth

Facts to Keep in Mind for Any Hardwoods:

  • Moisture and extreme temperature changes can cause solid wood to shrink and expand, potentially causing gaps between boards during colder and dryer seasons.
  • All solid hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished if needed (possibly every 15-20 years).
  • All urethane coated floors can be screened and recoated as needed to renew the surface of the floor. This is more economical than sanding and refinishing.
  • Because each floor is different from home-to-home, these are only tips to keep in mind; not true for every circumstance.

If you have any follow-up questions about installing walnut flooring for an Orlando-area home, feel free to call us at Call (407) 422-0169.