About Walnut Flooring
The sapwood of walnut is creamy white, while the heartwood is light brown to dark chocolate brown, occasionally with a purplish cast and darker streaks. The wood develops a rich patina that grows more lustrous with age.
Walnut is usually supplied steamed, to darken sapwood. The wood is generally straight-grained, but sometimes with wavy or curly grain that produces an attractive and decorative figure. This species produces a greater variety of figure types than any other. Walnut is rated as very durable in terms of decay resistance, though it is susceptible to insect attack.
- Grades: Select, Character
- Widths: Up to 15″
- Lengths: Up to 12′
- Cuts: Plain Sawn, Quartersawn
- End-matched: Up to 12″
- FSC Certified
- Available in engineered wood and solid wood
What is the difference between Character, Select and Premium grade?
Premium grade wood contains very even grain patterns, and similar characteristics of the flow throughout the flooring. These patterns create a very gentle difference in the floor. This is often the highest quality and more desirable style. Check out this example of premium grade flooring from Houzz.
Select grade flooring is a combination of Premium and Character grades. You’ll get minimal knots, and much less variation in wood grain patterns. This is the most common style of flooring you’ll find.
Check out our other types of hardwood and wide plank flooring.
What is spalting?
Spalting is discoloration in the wood from fungi. This is generally desirable patterns that are not reproducible.
What does End-matched mean?
End-matched means that all sides of the wood have a tongue or groove cut into it. This creates a pattern that lets the installation go faster, and also keeps your floor tightly connected after installation. You won’t have any nails on the surface of the floor, and the floor itself becomes like one solid piece of wood that moves together throughout the seasons.