Some species of wood are hard, some are soft.  If you have a dog or kids,  you may want to consider a harder wood species. 

  • Species

There are more than 50 species of wood, both domestic and exotic, that span the spectrum of color options, hardness, and price ranges. 

Click here for more information about the different wood species.

  • Hardness

The hardness of your wood floor is an important criterion when choosing a hardwood floor.  The Janka hardness test measures the hardness of wood.  In a nutshell, the test measures the amount of force required to embed a steel ball half-way into the wood.  It is the way the flooring industry measures the ability of a wood species to withstand denting and wear.  If your floor will be more prone to wear and tear, you may want to select a harder wood.

Click here for the Janka Hardness Chart

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