The Janka Rating

Southern yellow pineThere is no denying the fact that there are a lot of options for wood flooring. In fact, it can be overwhelming to just make a decision. Which material is better – oak or maple, pine or birch, walnut or fir? The comparisons could go on and on. Unfortunately, there is not one right answer because the right wood for one family may not be the right one for you. Advanced Flooring Solutions, who installs hardwood floors in Woodstock and the surrounding areas, is happy to discuss all of the different wood flooring options to help determine which one is right for you. Yet, it is imperative to note that the most important determining factor is not price (at least it shouldn’t be), but the Janka rating.

Soft vs Hard Wood Floors

The hardness of floors is determined by the Janka rating, and this is one feature of your wood floors that you need to know. The softer the wood, the less expensive it will be, but the more susceptible to scratches and dents. If you have kids and pets, you need to make the investment and go with a wood that has a higher Janka rating (meaning it is harder).

For example, a Southern Pine is a soft wood with a Janka rating of only 870, but a Sugar Maple is 1,450. If you have your heart set on a particular wood, it would be beneficial to look at a Janka rating chart to see where it lies in regards to hard or soft.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding hardwood floors and the different materials available.

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