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Why Isn’t Walnut Used More Frequently in Hardwood Flooring?

October 18, 2021

Choosing the right material for your hardwood flooring can be tricky; you want something that is both aesthetically pleasing and durable. If you’ve ever considered choosing walnut wood as your material, you should know about its characteristics first. Walnut isn’t used very often in flooring and in this post, we are going to break down why that is. 

Characteristics of Walnut Wood 

First of all, let’s dive into the characteristics of walnut wood. It’s highly durable, which is why it’s regularly used for furniture, but it is a “softer” wood type. It’s strong and known for its rich tone and color. The color of your walnut wood will depend on which part of the tree it has been extracted from. It’s robust, but not heavy, and has slight bending qualities. 

Why Isn’t It Used for Flooring More Frequently? 

While walnut wood furniture is highly sought after, why isn’t it used for flooring more frequently? Well first, it has a high price tag. Additionally, because it’s a softer wood, it can get dents and dings more easily. This is really a matter of the finish, and if you can afford to refinish as needed, it’s a great option. It’s not necessarily budget-friendly, but still a great choice. 

If you have boisterous pets or children or wear stiletto heels on a daily basis, this may not be the right choice for you and your home. As we mentioned, it can damage easily and will need a frequent refinish if you’re not careful. 

What Are Some Other Alternatives? 

If you’ve read this far and decided that walnut wood floors aren’t for you, don’t fear, there are plenty of other beautiful options that can help you achieve a similar look. Here are some alternatives to walnut wood flooring:

  • Oak
  • Hickory 
  • Mahogony 
  • Ebony 
  • Teak
  • Bamboo

Have questions about your options for hardwood flooring? Contact the 12th & Oak team today.