Here at Floor Coverings International Edmond, we make it our top priority to help local home and business owners find the home design options perfect for them. If you have been looking into different hardwood flooring options, odds are you have seen “Janka scores” being talked about. To help our Oklahoma City neighbors better understand what those mean, we put together this post talking about the ins and outs of the Janka Hardness Scale.
What is the Janka Hardness Scale?
A Janka score is used to compare the relative hardness of different hardwoods. To calculate the numbers, each hardwood is tested to see the amount of force needed to embed a .44 inch steel ball midway through the piece of wood. Therefore, hardwoods with higher Janka scores require more force.
Why are Janka Scores Important?
Janka scores are an easy way to quickly compare different hardwoods. Depending on your project needs, different Janka Scores are useful. Are you a pet owner looking for a hardwood that will hold up to your four-legged friends? Hardwoods with higher Janka Scores are more likely to resist scratch marks. Building a space dedicated to comfort and relaxation? Softer hardwoods with lower Janka Scores will work best.
A Quick Hardwood Comparison
To give you an idea of where some of the most popular hardwood floors rank on the Janka Scale, we compiled this list:
Brazilian Walnut / Ibe – 3684
Brazilian Cherry / Jatoba – 2350
Santos Mahogany – 2200
Hickory – 1820
Pecan – 1820
Hard Maple – 1450
White Oak – 1360
Ash – 1320
Birch – 1300
Red Oak – 1290
Black Walnut – 1010
Teak – 1000
American Cherry – 950
Southern Yellow Pine – 870
Getting Started with Hardwood Floors in Oklahoma City
Janka Scores are important, but not the only thing to consider when selecting the right hardwood floor option for your home or business. To learn more, see some samples, get a quote, or begin planning your next home project, sign up for a FREE in-home consultation with one of our Floor Coverings International Edmond experts.
You Might Also Like
- The Most Stylish Hardwood Floors in Oklahoma City
- Easy Tips for Hardwood Care
- Extreme Wood Care for Extreme Weather
Photo © Andrey Burmakin