Walnut hardwood flooring in Downers Grove

Many exotic hardwood species share similar names with domestic hardwoods, making it difficult to understand the difference. Walnut and cherry hardwoods are just a couple of examples. Fortunately, our Floor Coverings International Downers Grove team can help you learn more about these species so you can choose the best option for your Downers Grove home.

Today we will focus on the similarities and differences between American walnut and Brazilian walnut flooring.


The most striking difference between American and Brazilian walnut flooring is their hardness. Brazilian walnut is imported from the tropical jungles of Brazil. Rating at 3,684 on the Janka scale, it is one of the hardest woods in the world and is extremely resistant to both physical damage and rot from water damage. The downside is that Brazilian walnut can be hard to work with, as it takes high quality tools to cut this tough, rigid wood. Because it is rare and difficult to install, Brazilian walnut can be on the pricey side.

Conversely, American walnut is a moderate hardwood that rates at 1,010 on the Janka scale. Thus, American walnut is not nearly as tough as Brazilian walnut, but it can still stand up to everyday wear and tear. It is also easier to work with and more widely available.


Compared to the differences in cost and hardness, the differences in appearance between the two types of flooring are relatively minor. American walnut has a light brown coloring and smooth, subtle grain. Brazilian walnut has a richer, darker color that ranges from tan to deep brown with a grain that can go from long and straight lines to circular curves and irregular patterns. An untrained eye could be forgiven for mistaking the two.

If you are interested in installing walnut hardwood flooring in your own Downers Grove home, give us a call! Floor Coverings International Downers Grove offers free in-home consultations.

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