Relative Hardness of Hardwood Flooring Species
Below is listed the relative hardness for numerous wood species used in flooring. These ratings were done using the Janka Hardness Test. The Janka Hardness Test measures the force required to embed a .444-inch steel ball to half its diameter in wood. It is one of the best measures of the ability of a wood species to withstand denting and wear. The higher the number, the harder the wood is. This is a general guide when comparing numerous species of hardwood flooring. Ratings can vary depending on various environmental factors.