When you are choosing the hardwood flooring you want to install in your home or office, the hardwood hardness ratings can make a real difference. Depending on where the flooring will be laid, differing levels of hardness might make for more advisable choices. Ultimately the decision will be yours, so I am writing this to help you narrow your choices.
Interestingly though, hardness doesn’t impact the price of the flooring. Those prices are based on how available the species of wood is, hardness notwithstanding. That means you can consider the amount of traffic your hardwood floors will be getting, versus how quiet or soft you may want your flooring to be.
The Janka Hardness Scale
As a rule, for hardwood hardness ratings, the higher the number on the Janka Hardness Scale, the tougher and more resistant the hardwood flooring. By the same token, the harder the wood is the more difficult it becomes to mill. Consequently, the expertise necessary to lay one of the harder wood floors and still have it look perfect, takes years to acquire. You will definitely want to be as choosy about who installs your hardwood floors, as you are about their hardness rating.
Care and Maintenance Are More Important Than Hardness Ratings If You Want Your Hardwood Flooring to Last
It would be easy to assume that because you have chosen an extremely hard wood like Brazilian Cherry, it will last and remain beautiful longer. The truth is, the better your care and maintenance, the longer any hardwood flooring will last, regardless of its hardwood hardness rating. For some expert tips on that subject, I suggest this blog post on how best to care for your hardwood floors. A clean floor, kept free of the dirt and grit that can be so wearing on the surface, can last for decades.
Hardness Ratings Are Important, How Much You Love Your New Floors Is Even More Important
In the end, our ultimate goal here at Artisan Hardwood Floors is to ensure your complete satisfaction. We will work with you at every step of the process, to make sure the hardwood flooring you choose is exactly the right product to suit your needs. We have been installing hardwood floors in the Reno Tahoe area for years now, and we understand that our reputation rides on every single job we do.
Contact me right away so we can begin the conversation about your new floors.
Master Craftsman, Owner