How Hard Is Your Wood?

A Textbook Definition of "Wear and Tear"

A Textbook Definition of "Wear and Tear"

Hardwood floor installation can be expensive, so it’s important to make sure you consider every aspect of the job before you make any important decisions. Most people choose the type of wood they want first. Different woods have characteristics that make them unique, be it color, texture, or how hard they are. Different people have different lifestyles, so it’s important to pick a wood that suits yours. Read on to see why selecting a particularly hard wood can be beneficial.

"Something as simple as a high heel can destroy a soft wood in no time." 

The Janka Hardness Rating is commonly used to rate the hardness of various woods. The chart presented is invaluable once you realize the benefits that one particular type of wood can offer over another. For example, if you have children or pets that are going to be trafficking your hardwood floors regularly, it would be advisable that you choose a wood that is a bit harder in order to negate a lot of the wear and tear those floors are going to endure. Soft woods can show stress much sooner than a hard wood can. Something as simple as a high heel can destroy a soft wood in no time. 

"...a wood floor should be as functional as it is beautiful."

We don’t want to scare you away from choosing a wood that you find appealing, but a wood floor should be as functional as it is beautiful. Customers often ask us whether or not it’s a good idea to install hardwood floors throughtout the entire house. We like to bring up the point that even softer hardwood floors will outlast carpet, vinyl, or even linoleum. Hardwood floors can even work in areas like the kitchen or the bathroom as long as you make sure to clean up any standing water as soon as you can. Wood is incredibly resilient and elegant, but there are different levels of that resiliency. An active family might require a slightly harder wood than a floor that isn’t going to see a great deal of traffic.