At Floor Coverings International Shallotte we think that hardwood floors are the perfect option for many Southport homeowners. If you’ve looked into different species of hardwood, you have probably stumbled across the Janka Hardness Scale. It is a great way to measure the durability and strength of a hardwood species. When you understand exactly how it works, it can be a great tool for differentiating types of hardwood.
The Janka Hardness Scale
The Janka Hardness Scale was designed as a mechanism to measure the relative hardness of different wood species. The test itself is relatively straightforward: a measurement of the force required to embed half of the diameter of a .444 inch steel ball into a piece of wood. Each hardwood species is then given a ranking, allowing industry experts and homeowners to evaluate whether or not a hardwood type is scratch-proof enough for their flooring needs.
The Ranking of Common Hardwoods
To help give you a sense for what a typical Janka ranking is, we’ve broken down the rankings of some of the most popular hardwood species:
- 950 – American Cherry
- 1010 – Walnut
- 1290 – Red Oak
- 1360 – White Oak
- 1450 – Maple
- 1470 – Birch
- 1570 – Pine
- 1820 – Hickory
- 2350 – Brazilian Cherry
How Much Does a Janka Ranking Matter?
If you’re thinking about installing hardwood floors in your home, you should take note of different Janka rankings. However, a Janka ranking should not be the be-all-end-all factor in your flooring decision. Even low-ranking planks, like American cherry and walnut work well in many Southport homes.
If you have a busy family, which results in a lot of large amount of hustle and bustle, then you should be more concerned about Janka rankings. The more foot-traffic a floor experiences, the more prone it is to scratching. If your household has four-legged friends, then you should also be cautious when picking a hardwood species. The experts at Floor Coverings International Shallotte can help you determine what type of hardwood is right for your home. We can also help take steps to protect your new floors, like installing an area rug.
From American cherry to hickory, the key to keeping your floors stunning is regular maintenance and a good refinish every 10-15 years. Without proper care, even high-ranking species like Brazilian cherry can become scuffed and tarnished. We know that you have what it takes to keep any floor looking beautiful.
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Do you know what species of hardwood will work best in your home? Schedule a free, in-home design consultation with one of our expert Design Associates, to get help finding the perfect floor for your home. We proudly serve the greater Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James area.