to tolerate denting and normal wear, as well as being a good indication of the effort required to either nail or saw the particular wood.
So, without further ado, let's dive in!
Janka Rating Basics: A Closer Look at the Janka Test
The scale runs from zero (the softest) to 4000 (the hardest). Woods with a low rating on the wood hardness scale are those that will dent and scratch most easily. For example, Balsa wood, which is extremely lightweight and used for crafts, is one of the lowest on the scale at 100. One of the hardest woods, scoring 3680, is Brazilian Walnut.
A higher score indicates that more effort is required to nail or saw the wood. Because testing is performed on samples of wood, results can vary depending on the source of the wood and other factors. But the scale is helpful as a general industry guideline to determine the hardness of wood and which woods are appropriate for flooring and other heavy-duty uses.
Common Use of Janka Hardness Ratings
The Janka Hardness Scale doesn’t show that any type of flooring is better than another. It does give an indication of how wood flooring
will hold up to foot traffic, dirt and grit, pets, furniture, and other wear factors. Take into account your personal preference in terms of color and style, how the flooring fits your budget, and your lifestyle.
While Red Oak (1290) is a very popular flooring choice, this is partly based on its ready availability and affordable pricing. A softer lumber form like Heart Pine or American Cherry floor may have the look and feel that you desire, and may just require more dedication in various ways to maintain its look.
Our knowledgeable professionals use the wood hardness scale to assist our customers in selecting their new wood flooring. This is just one of many factors to consider as you make your choice. With over 30 years of experience in residential and commercial wood flooring, Arizona Hardwood Supply has superior knowledge of our product lines and the latest developments in the industry.
For a detailed description of a particular species, click on its name below to view a wood flooring specification page on that type of wood. Please note that this is just a partial list (with Janka Hardness Ratings) containing some of the most popular choices in wood flooring, engineered wood flooring from softest to hardest wood, as well as some of the more exotic species we carry.
Standard Sample and Exotic Lumber: Wood Hardness List
If you would like a sample of wood, don't hesitate to reach out to us! We can provide more info on how the wood feels, the moisture content, and how much wear and tear the surface of a plank can withstand.
A Measure of the Hardness of Wood: A Crash Course in Janka
There you have it! You are now a master of wood hardness and the Janka Scale! If you have any more questions about the wood hardness scale or which types of flooring are best for your upcoming project, please click here
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