Walnut flooring is noted for its beautiful grain character and wider colour variation than any other species. Its colour variation ranges from a very light sapwood to a dark heartwood, providing a beautiful and interesting contrast between boards. The majority of our high-quality Walnut is derived from its heartwood, which is known for its rich chocolate hues, distinctive purple undertones, and complex grain patterns. But the creamy white or tan sapwood accentuates the rich hues of Walnut, making for a unique and striking floor for your space.
The beauty of Walnut wood has long lent itself to cabinetry work, while its moderate hardness and resilience made it a popular choice for gunstocks and early airplane propellers. Walnut floor planks are particularly exceptional due to their long lengths and widths and because it is one of the most stable hardwoods, it is a particularly good choice for environments where humidity is not well controlled. And while other species tend to darken over time, Walnut tends to actually lighten, bringing out a lustrous patina and vintage feel as it ages. Additionally, Walnut is incredibly durable because defects and wear and tear do not appear as obvious due to the dark colour and dense texture of the wood.
Walnut Hardwood Hardness Rating
Unlike Brazilian Walnut (Ipê), which has one of the hardest ratings on the Janka hardness scale, American Walnut wood is substantially softer. At 1010, it is only slightly harder than American and Black Cherry and Red Maple. It is not as hard as many other domestic hardwood species such as Red and White Oak, Ash, Teak and Hickory.
Walnut Wood Countries of Origin
American Walnut is predominantly found in the eastern U.S. in states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Minnesota, but it is also available in the American Midwest and South, all the way from the Carolinas to Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, and even Texas.
Walnut Hardwood Flooring in Calgary
At Metro Hardwood Flooring, we have a wide selection of American and Black Walnut in exotic or rustic varieties, with a number of different natural or stained colors. Have a peek at our online selection to pick your favorites, before you visit our showroom to see this stunning hardwood in person.