Hardwood floors add a beautiful and timeless look to a home regardless of the color or type of wood. On the other hand, not all hardwood floors are created equal. This is why the Janka Hardness Scale is a great tool for picking out the right type of hardwood for your home. There are hundreds of species of hardwoods to choose from that all have different characteristics. You can pick between different colors, grain patterns, smooth or distressed woods, and many other options. Most people opt for a hardwood floor that will withstand everyday wear and tear, which is why the Janka Scale makes choosing the perfect hardwood so easy. The professionals at Floor Coverings International Pembroke outline how the scale works so that you can pick the perfect floors for your home.
How the Janka Hardness Scale Works
Each type of wood is given a hardness rating on a scale from 0 to 4000. This test is done by measuring the force necessary to embed a .444-inch steel ball half its diameter into a piece of wood. While not every plank of wood in the same species is exactly the same, it will give you a general idea of how durable the wood is.
What the Scale Means
Hardwood is more durable the higher up on the Janka Hardness Scale it lands. For example, Sweet Birch at a rating of 1470 is going to be much more durable than Hemlock, which only has a rating of 500.
The Perfect Hardwood for You
If the type of flooring you had your heart set on has a low Janka Rating, don’t worry. Soft wood isn’t necessarily a bad choice for your home, it just depends on what kind of daily wear and tear will occur. Softer wood can work in rooms with less foot traffic (ie, bedroom, office) that will endure less spills and general wear and tear. If you have pets or young children, then going with a more durable wood that is higher on the Janka scale will make maintenance much easier. Evaluate what your floors will be going through on a daily basis before you make a final decision. Remember that hardwood can be sanded and re-stained several times throughout its lifespan.
Ready to install some beautiful hardwood floors into your home? Call the experts at Floor Coverings International Pembroke to setup an in-home consultation so you can see which floors will be perfect for you.
Photo Credit: Lukiyanova Nataliea / frenta