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Wood Hardness Chart

by Jeff Hosking – Hosking Hardwood Flooring
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Below the U.S. Forest Service list the relative hardness for numerous wood species used in flooring. These ratings were calculated using the Janka Hardness Test, which measures the force needed to embed a .444 inch steel ball to half its diameter in a piece of wood. The higher the number, the harder the wood.

Although this Janka Hardness Test is one of the best methods to measure the ability of wood species to withstand indentations, it should be used only as a general guide when comparing various species of wood flooring. The type of construction and finish also play an important role in the durability and ease of maintenance of any wood floor. Please remember that all wood flooring can be scratched and dented if something heavy or sharp is dragged or rolled across the flooring or if stones and grit are ground into the surface of the wood from foot traffic. We would highly recommend using our felt chair and furniture glides to protect your flooring from being scratched.

 

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Date: May 1, 2017
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Very Helpful-thanks for putting it out there. Most people are unfamiliar with the hardness rating but it is critical when choosing hardwood flooring.
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Date: September 2, 2016
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Very helpful! Ive heard various conflicting statements and will now refer to this chart!
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Date: February 20, 2016
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Need to get flooring for my home I love wide plank distress and we have a retriever what should we be looking for
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Date: January 27, 2016
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Were planning to have our first hardwood floors installed and had a bunch of questions. Sales people at the store tell you exactly what you want to hear, not the truth. In fact, they even told me that the American Walnut I was looking at was the hardest of all the woods (obviously NOT - its the softest according to the Janka scale!!). This website is a super awesome resource, giving you so many details and answering ALL my questions. Thanks!
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Date: December 30, 2015
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Date: December 9, 2015
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Excellent resource and very informative! I was so overwhelemed with the idea of having to research floorind and didnt know how or where to start. After reading this, I feel I have a known starting point and idea of what direction to head in with more confidence. Thank you!!
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Date: November 29, 2015
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