Why Walnut Is a Great Option for Your Staircase

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Homeowners consider walnut to be one of the highest quality domestic woods available. Walnut, often used for flooring, has been used for decades to give homes a first-rate look as well as improving acoustic qualities in the home. Producing a beautiful sound that reflects the beauty and richness of the wood, walnut offers the home much more than just structure.

American Black Walnut grows in America and Canada. In the 1700’s walnut was a very popular choice, especially in Colonial style homes. You could find not only flooring crafted from walnut, but elegantly carved balusters, newels, and handrails.

Walnut is a very solid wood and is less prone to shrinking than some other species. Also, you will find that walnut is more shock-resistant making it an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas like your staircase.

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 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 compared to other species. Walnut has a course uniformed texture. 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 necessary and that a simple clear coat is all that is needed.

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