Walnut Hardwood Flooring

wood-sample-walnut-largeWalnut trees grow throughout the eastern half of the United States, with the main commercial region being the central states. The average height of a walnut tree is 100 to 150 feet. The roots of the walnut tree release a toxic material which may kill other plants growing above them. From the time of ancient Greeks until well into modern European history, walnuts symbolized fertility and were strewn at weddings. Just the opposite in Romania, brides who wished to delay childbearing placed into the bodice of their wedding dresses one walnut for each year they hoped to wait.

Walnut is commonly used for furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork, doors, walnut hardwood flooring, paneling, gun stocks, and is a favored wood for use in contrast with lighter-colored species. It is one of the few American species that is commercially farmed. 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 hardwood floors are usually supplied steamed in order to darken the sapwood. The wood is generally straight-grained, but sometimes contains wavy or curly grains that produces an attractive and decorative figure. This species produces a greater variety of figure types than any other. Walnut is a tough hardwood of medium density, with moderate bending and crushing strengths and low stiffness, and has a good steam-bending classification.

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