Black Hardwood Floors
Good Demand - But A Dust Magnet
With today’s trends in some regions favoring darker stained flooring, black will always be a select crowd favorite somewhere. However one should think about the maintenance if you’re the choosey type or spend too much time obsessing over the condition of your floors.
Forget about trying to keep these floors clean! That is unless you have a full time maid to clean everyday. Black attracts dust like ants to sugar.
Several companies are filling the demand for black flooring that include the floating floor industry leader Kahrs. Shown on the right is their Oak Estacado which is one of a half dozen black or near black products the company offers. Other stain colors include slate, cocoa and lava. Other choices include a few high quality Canadian manufacturers. Lauzon and Mirage, both of whom have a half dozen black or near black choices in both solid and engineered.
Other engineered manufacturers offering much darker stains include Mohawk's Brazilian Cherry Ebony or Dark Chestnut to name a few. Wide plank dark floors that can be installed by the floating method show a number manufactured by The Garrison Collection. Taking a look at their seven inch wide French connection Oak Armagnac, Noir, and Toulouse fall into the darker stained category.
As of this update, few solid wide plank products are offered in some of the more well known brands except Indusparquet and their Brazilian Angelim Ebony. Searching for a natural black wood floor? Wenge is the only common natural black hardwood used for flooring but can be pricey. Expect to pay over $10.00 per square foot retail for a solid 3" wide unfinished plank. Wider material will be progressively more expensive and harder to obtain.
Custom Stained On Site
Can't find what you're looking for? Options include having the hardwood installed on site, sanded, stained black, and finished. The job shown above wasn't a black stain per se but a mixture of Dura Seal's Coffee Brown and Ebony. The customer had initially wanted the deep ebony black color but after a little bit of on site education from the contractor they were persuaded to go a little lighter for everyday upkeep improvement. Additionally, the graining of the hardwood was still visible.
Walnut is a hardwood that has always been treasured. It won’t be jet black if that’s what you’re seeking. Colors will be more on the chocolate side but does depend on the grade being chosen. It’s also a soft hardwood and can also take on color changes quickly in a natural finish. It should only be chosen with full knowledge of the pros and cons.
I’ve included some of what to look out for in two product sample videos below that show stained Walnuts.