If you expect to have a crazy amount of foot traffic coming in and out your home, and love the warmth and character that exotic woods add to a space, Brazilian Walnut hardwood flooring may be the flooring type to consider. It sits at the top of the Janka Hardness Scale, and comes in a range of tones. The grains vary too. Brazilian Walnut flooring is stunning and creates an elegant backdrop for all home decor styles. If these hardwood characteristics meet your requirements, Brazilian Walnut (Ipe) flooring may be for you.
Brazilian Walnut, also known as Ipe, or Lapacho, grows primarily in Brazil. Other than hardwood flooring, it’s used to make outdoor decking, veneer surfacing, railroad ties, and for heavy construction, due to its amazing durability and strength.
Brazilian Walnut is a hardy wood, one of the hardiest. It ranks at the top of the Janka Hardness Scale with a score of 3680. That’s more than two times the score of the industry standard Red Oak (1290), making Brazilian Walnut (Ipe) likely the most durable option out there.
This means with Brazilian Walnut, high traffic areas of your home can stand a chance. There’s a greater resistance to denting and daily wear and tear than other hardwoods ranked lower on the scale.
Remember, however, that no wood is totally resistant to damage and needs to be cared for properly to last.
Also, Brazilian Walnut, like other exotic woods, is rich in character. The tones can vary from an olive brown to near black, changing with age and exposure to sunlight. Light brown striping can also appear creating a noted contrast.
To preserve the beauty of your hardwood flooring for a lifetime, all of our pre-finished hardwood flooring is protected by seven layers of UV Cured Polyurethane infused with Ceramic particles (aluminum oxide) for scratch resistance and gloss retention. The finishes are 100% solids with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be harmful to humans and the environment. The finish is cured instantly by UV lights thus creating a safe yet extremely durable finish. This process provides the highest quality finish and durability in an environmentally friendly way.
Choosing pre-finished hardwood flooring is a smart choice for the environment. Wood itself is green; it’s a renewable resource with a much lower carbon foot print then plastics that are found in many carpets and some laminate flooring. Do you or a member of your family suffer from allergies? Prefinished hardwood floors are hypoallergenic. The finish will not give refuge to dust mites or microorganisms as carpets can; making hardwood flooring a smart choice for you’re the environment in your home!
Q: We have two dogs, terriers, and two children under age 5. Would it be wise to get Brazilian Walnut floors? We heard they’re pretty durable.
A:Brazilian Walnut (Ipe) hardwood flooring is at the very top of the Janka Hardness Scale. This means it’s able to stand up to pretty tough treatment. This would include the daily back and forth and playing your family and dogs would do across the floors.
This doesn’t mean though that they will be forever free of dents and scratches. You still have to take care of the floors for them to stay in good condition. With this level of strength however, you don’t have to worry too much over them becoming destroyed with a high traffic house of terriers and little explorers.