An alternative for floors is Brazilian Walnut hardwood. This is also referred to as Ipe, which is Brazilian for either walnut or Lapacho. This exotic hardwood originates from Brazil and the Lesser Antilles. As with many hardwoods from this region, it is famous for its extreme hardness using a Janka rating of 3684, making it one of the more dense hardwoods available on the market.
If you are not aware of the term"Janka evaluation," it describes the amount of force that is required to press on a steel ball measuring 0.444 inches in diameter halfway into a piece of wood. This helps since it gives you a good idea of just how much abuse a flooring can take before obtaining a dent, however don't be lured into a false sense of safety by this rating.
No hardwood flooring, despite their Janka evaluation, are impervious to harm if appropriate precautions are not taken.
The color of the wood in the Brazilian Walnut tree ranges from an olive brown to a almost-black heartwood that may, at times, be sharply contrasted with stripes of yellowish, white sapwood based on the caliber of flooring you choose.
Brazilian Walnut Floors is available in four Ranges:
- Clear grade, which is hand-sorted for colour consistency, together with the most popular being the Ipe variety that closely resembles American Black Walnut in appearance. Just the heartwood is used in the making of this flooring.
- Select and much better grade, which provides more color variation as the two the heartwood and sapwoods are used. The colors that may appear in this flooring can be anywhere from different shades of brown into some that have contrasts of red, green, or yellow gift.
- Rustic grade Ipe provides even more dramatic color variants.
- Lapacho is many different Ipe that is sorted out for its green coloring.