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What’s the Difference Between Brazilian Walnut and American Walnut Hardwood Floors?

Exotic wood floors continue to grow in popularity and, with that growth, the comparison between exotic and domestic species arrives. This is the case of domestic American walnut and Brazilian walnut, also known as Ipe.

On the Janka hardness scale, Brazilian walnut measures almost at the top of the list – 3680. American black walnut is 1010. This suggests greater durability and also shows its high resistance to insects and natural elements compared to its American counterpart. In fact, it is estimated that this wood will last up to 40 years if left untreated, and 100 years with proper maintenance and care.

Unlike American black walnut which has a very dark color, Brazilian walnut varies from olive to chocolate brown to black. Both species have beautiful signs that look like brush strokes of watercolor along the forest with slight variations in natural color. American walnut tends to have multiple swirls, curls and color variations. Both have a fine-grained appearance to which the “watercolor effect” can be attributed.

Walnut Hardwood Floors
Walnut Hardwood Floors

From a price point of view, they are somewhat comparable to each other, unlike other exotics, whose prices rise to their national counterparts. You can find engineered American walnut from $ 5.19 to $ 5.41 for 3-inch or 5-inch axles, while you can find Brazilian walnut for 3-inch thickness from $ 7.43 to $ 8.74 for 5 and a half inches, with the price differences mainly attributed to the cost of importing forests.

In addition to wooden floors, Brazilian walnut is also used for the furnishing and construction of exteriors, in particular wooden bridges due to its hardness, but also resistance to decay, mold, fungi and insects.

As for the producers offering this unique wood, BR111 Flooring has several Ipe products, as well as Johnson Flooring and Triangulo Hardwoods. For information on Ipe, it is best to contact an authorized dealer that carries these three brands. They can show you product samples and help you determine which wooden floor is right for your home.


by Laine McKenna

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