Types of Walnut Flooring for the Home

Fitting new flooring during a home renovation project is a popular way to bring your interior up to date. Wood is often a top consideration and within the various species of wood, walnut is a popular choice. Walnut has a lot going for it, from durability that helps ensure long service life to eco credentials as the wood is available from sustainable forests. If you are considering walnut flooring, you will soon discover that you have a choice of two types.

1st Type Solid Walnut – As you can gather by the name, solid walnut flooring is made from one piece of hardwood walnut timber without any other materials. Of the two options, it is by far the most popular and fits most homes. The use of complete wood in its construction ensures that service life is long and in some cases can reach 100 years. Furthermore, the use of solid wood means that it is possible to sand the then to coat the wood every so often (every few years that is) so the floor can be made to look new for a fairly modest expense. Because wood is a natural product that expands and contract in the face of changing temperature conditions, solid walnut flooring is not recommended in rooms that experience such varied conditions in particular the bathroom, kitchen, conservatory and basement (a rare area of the house in the UK, but just in case you have one). You can fit solid planks around the home or in your commercial properties with the exception of the mentioned rooms.

2nd Type Engineered Walnut – This time around each floorboard is made of solid wood in the form of a 3mm to 6mm layer and syntactic materials such as MDF and Plywood to support it. The use of walnut on the top ensures that to all intents and purpose you can never tell the two apart when the floorboards are fitted. Engineered walnut flooring was introduced to overcome the limitations of solid in extreme varied conditions that normal wood would simply buckle and damage beyond repair. You can fit these all around the home in every single room. The use of syntactic materials means that service life does not match the likes of solid and while sanding is possible it depends on the thickness of the top layer. Sanding takes away 1mm layer of real wood, so if the engineered planks are made of 3mm layer of solid hardwood, they can be sanded only twice in their entire service life.

As you can gather, each of the two has its share of pros and cons. Which type fits your particular circumstances best will depend on the location of the floor and budget constrains as engineered is slightly more affordable.