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Engineered Walnut Wood Flooring

Engineered walnut wood flooring is a popular type of wood flooring consisting of a thin solid walnut top layer, and multiple layers of an alternative softwood or veneer underneath. There are usually 2 under layers in a standard engineered walnut wood flooring board, providing additional structure and strength. The thickness of the walnut surface layer varies, however will usually fall somewhere between 2mm and 6mm.

There are a number of advantages to engineered walnut wood flooring, and it is a very popular choice because it provides the look of solid walnut on the surface, but is typically much more cost effective and easier to care for. It is also incredibly durable – much more so than laminate – because of the way each individual floor board is made up. The grains run at 90 degree angles, leaving little room for movement.

Thanks to the revolutionary design of engineered walnut wood flooring, it’s great for parts of the home where solid wood may not be suitable; areas such as the kitchen, for example, where there is typically a high level of moisture; areas frequently exposed to direct sunlight, and areas where underfloor heating has been installed. Even in these conditions, engineered walnut wood flooring is highly unlikely to warp.

It is often said that engineered walnut wood flooring is something of a middle ground between solid wood and laminate. It boasts all the beauty and strength of solid wood, but still retains some of the most versatile aspects of laminate, such as the ability to cut a ‘click and lock’ system into the boards for simple installation. These systems are ideal for DIY lovers who want to install their wood flooring themselves.

Although there are many different types of engineered wood flooring, like engineered oak wood and engineered acacia wood, for example, engineered walnut wood flooring is often recommended for those looking for a very hardwearing material. Walnut has a very close grain, and a very dense composition, which makes it naturally quite tough, and ideal for areas of moderate to heavy foot traffic in the home.

Although durable, walnut is actually one of the ‘softest’ of the hardwoods, so polishing, or some other form of finishing, is highly recommended… unless you opt for the luxurious and very exotic Brazilian walnut which has an impressive rating of 3680 on the Janka hardness scale, making it one of the hardest woods in the world! The good news is that softer walnut polishes very well. It looks and feels very smooth underfoot, creating a tidy and streamlined look, instead of the raw, rustic look of other woods.

Walnut is typically a very dark wood – much darker than oak, for example – so it’s very warm and welcoming, and ideal for large spaces which could feel a little bare. Although often described as ‘chocolatey’, some engineered walnut wood flooring actually has a more yellowish appearance and a softer tone, so there’s quite a wide spectrum to choose from, and plenty of options available.

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