Asked on Feb 6, 2012

We are thinking about reflooring house with 5 in. walnut acacia wood flooring. Any pros or con's

KMS Woodworks3po3


2 answers
  • 3po3
    on Feb 6, 2012

    Hardwood is usually a good choice - for looks, resale value, cleaning, etc. I would only urge you to check the sustainability of your acacia. Most acacia comes from Asia, and there are a lot of questionable logging operations there. Look for wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or some such group.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 7, 2012

    Check out this article I wrote first...this will give you an idea on some of the finishes out there. Is this what you were looking at? A Janka rating of 2300 is pretty darn good. On issue with wide stock ( 5 " or so) is that it can show shrinkage and expansion a bit more than narrower stock. Narrow stock has more "edges" that can adsorb the shrink. I did my master in Jatoba ( brazilan cherry) which has a close 2350 rating...I've been very pleased with it. For wide stock be sure to acclimate it least 2 weeks before install

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