If you’ve looked at hardwood floors before, you’ve probably come across the terms “Janka rating” or “Janka hardness rating”. You may know they have something to do with comparing hardwood floors, but you’re not entirely sure how. That’s where we come in! Today, the team at Floor Coverings International Oregon City is going to break down the jargon and deep dive into what the Janka Hardness scale tells us about wood floors! If you’re a homeowner in the West Linn, Wilsonville, Oregon City, Clackamas County area, you’ll want to read this before choosing your perfect floor!
Every species of hardwood has its own place on the Janka hardness scale. The wood’s rating is determined by a simple test. This test measures the amount of force needed to embed a small metal ball completely into the wood. The more force needed, the higher the score! Each score is the exact amount of pounds per square foot needed to embed the ball. For example, a white oak’s Janka score is 1,360, which indicates it takes 1,360 pounds per square foot to embed that ball in a plank of white oak. Pretty cool!
What does The Janka Hardness scale mean for me?
So why does it matter what Janka score my hardwood floors have? It actually matters quite a bit! Janka scores impact the quality and cost of your hardwood. A higher score means your floors are more durable and less susceptible to dents– but also more expensive. Species with lower scores tend to be cheaper than their high-score counterparts and are great for homeowners who want wood floors on a budget. A low Janka score does not immediately imply a low-quality hardwood. Finishes and protective sealants are another cost-friendly way to protect your floors.
How do I get started?
If you are considering hardwood floors for your home, consult with the experts at Floor Coverings International Oregon City today! Our team is here to help you find the perfect fit for your budget. We’ve installed floors all over the West Linn, Wilsonville, Oregon City, Clackamas County area. Call to schedule a free, in-home consultation today!
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