American Walnut Flooring--would you do it again?

kailasaAugust 14, 2011

Hi, my husband and I are looking to put wood floors in our one-story house. My husband is crazy about the look of American walnut. I am concerned that it isn't durable. We don't wear shoes indoors, but we would like to have kids and a small dog. Also, we have to use engineered, as we have a concrete slab, so we wouldn't be able to refinish more than 2 times.

For those of you who have walnut floors, what are your thoughts on durability? Would you do it again?

Thank you so much!

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We put solid walnut in our dining room a few years ago and it's plenty durable. We don't have kids or dogs, just a cat and furniture. But we've been happy with it, and just put it into our family room.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 8:15PM
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I had engineered walnut installed only a few weeks ago so it's premature to comment on durability, though an aluminum oxide finish is supposed to be more durable than poly. It was installed in a room that doesn't get much traffic, but it will also be installed in an entrance room in a few weeks. Time will tell how it holds up. It was a difficult decision to make since so much flooring today seems to be "exotic" woods, handscraped, etc. I preferred something more traditional. The flooring looks beautiful and I'm pleased with my decision.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 12:59PM
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A quality engineered product will have a wear layer that can be sanded at least 4 times by a professional. Brand examples; Owens and Real Wood Floors plus others. Look for a cut, not rotary veneer and a thickness of over 1/4 for the veneer.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 12:13PM
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