May 12, 2016 2 min read
Still unsure of which wood species you would like to use to build your stairs? Ask your fellow homeowners and they will tell you that walnut is an excellent option. Walnut is considered to be one of the highest quality domestic wood species available on the market today.
Often used for flooring, walnut has been used for decades to give homes an unrivaled look of quality and sophistication as well as improving the acoustic qualities. Producing a beautiful sound that reflects the beauty and richness of the wood, walnut offers the home much more than structure.
American Black Walnut grows in America and Canada. In the 1700’s walnut was a very popular choice, especially in Colonial style homes. Walnut was not only used in crafting the flooring, but was favored for crafting elegantly carved balusters, newels, and handrails as well.
Walnut is a very solid wood. It is less prone to shrinking than most other wood species. Also, walnut is more shock-resistant, making it an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas like your staircase.
Being that it is very easy to work with, walnut is an excellent choice for many projects around the house. Black Walnut is rated as very durable in terms of decay resistance, though like all wood species, it is still susceptible to insect attack.
The tonality of this wood is quite dark. Its rich dark brown color with heavily shadowed grains throughout give it a particularly distinctive look in comparison to other species. Walnut’s texture is course but uniformed. This wood polishes very well, as it rarely has sap pockets and produces a natural sheen beyond compare. Most homeowners find that stain is not even necessary and that a simple clear coat is all that is needed.With the natural beauty and depth of this wood species, walnut adds richness and warmth to any home project, but especially the stairs. Creating a durable staircase that will add character and charm to your home is made easy with walnut.
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