Have you heard of the Janka scale? It may be familiar to you if you’ve ever shopped for hardwood floors. It is a scale used to compare the relative hardness of different wood species, so it is very useful for anyone comparing hardwood flooring products.
Here at Floor Coverings International Northeast Atlanta, we want to make sure you have all the necessary information to make an informed flooring purchase. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the Janka hardness scale. Whether you’re considering oak or bamboo, the Janka scale can help you determine how well a particular floor will stand up to everyday wear and tear in your Peachtree Corners home.
What Do the Ratings Mean?
On the Janka scale, the higher the rating, the tougher the wood is. The rating is based on the force necessary to embed a steel ball halfway into the designated wood. Thus, this rating suggests how well the wood will stand up to scratches and dents (and how difficult it is to nail or saw).
Which Woods are the Hardest?
Of the hardwood species that are commonly used in flooring, hickory (with a rating of 1820) and Brazilian cherry (2350) are among the toughest. Maple (1450), white oak (1360), and red oak (1290) are also relatively tough. Walnut (1010) and American cherry (950) are on the softer end, so they are more susceptible to scratches and dents.
While these ratings can be helpful when choosing a hardwood floor, they shouldn’t be the only factor you consider. Appearance is also an important consideration, especially since some hardwoods have a very distinct look. You should also keep in mind that all hardwoods are very resilient. If your floor begins to look worn out after several years, you can always have it refinished.
Call Floor Coverings International Northeast Atlanta to learn more about hardwood flooring and explore different products for your home. We proudly serve Johns Creek, Peachtree Corners, Jasper and beyond!
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