In February of this year, I took a trip to Quebec with BuildDirect Co-Founder Rob Banks. We went there to visit one of our suppliers of solid hardwood flooring, and to document and explains certain aspects of what it means to harvest it responsibly, and then to sell the product. One of those aspects is about location, and about climate and how it affects the quality of the products you’re buying, too.
In terms of hardness, hardwood flooring species are placed on a scale known as the Janka hardness scale. Each species is rated accordingly to how hard they are, with a low number being soft and a high number being very hard.
But, a mitigating factor that is not sharply defined on the scale is the subject of where the species was harvested from.
Just like when you’re talking about Real Estate, location has a lot to do with price. Similarly, with a hardwood floor product made from a northern species (like those that we saw while we were in Quebec), you can expect to see that floor being priced higher than one made from a southern species.
Why is this? And what do you get for the higher price?
Well, we shot a video explaining that very thing.