Comparing hardwood flooring for hardness and other factors

When you’re shopping for products that offer a lot of choices, it’s  really handy to have some kind of scale or guide by which to make an informed decision.  Luckily, when you’re shopping for hardwood floors, there are many resources at your disposal to help you.

One of the most widely used resources is the Janka Hardness Scale, which BuildDirect Co-Founder Rob Banks talks a bit about in this video.  But, Rob talks in general about three big areas when you approach the decision of hardwood flooring.  Take a look.

When it comes to choosing hardwood flooring, your decision is  about the best choice  that best suits  the context of your life.  For example, some hardwoods aren’t as resilient as other when kids and pets are introduced, as Rob mentioned. Having said that, some people like a floor that takes on a rugged, dented look over time simply because to many it looks more lived-in and in tune with other decor as a property ages.

And the climate of your particular area has a big affect on the stability of certain hardwood floors, as hard as they may be.  So, even if your flooring is hard, it should also be comparatively resistant to a lot of movement when temperatures change, in this case.  Maybe in more temperate areas, this isn’t a priority.  You would know best when it comes to answers. But, these are questions to consider in order to get there.

Apart from these details, the Janka hardness test is the wood flooring industry’s way of helping you, the consumer, get started on your journey in making the most informed decision about hardwood flooring that you can.


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