April 2014



Ever wonder just how hard a certain species of wood is? With the Janka Hardness Scale, you can see how resistant a certain species of wood is to denting and wear. It is the measure of the force required to push a small steel ball with an 11.28 millimeter diameter a certain distance into the wood. On the Janka Scale, higher numbers indicate harder wood, while lower numbers indicate softer wood.

In residential homes, a Janka rating around 1,000 or above is suitable, depending on the type of traffic your rooms encounter. For homes with children and pets, a 1,200 and above ranking is recommended. Options like Brazilian Cherry, Acacia, and Songwood are great options for living rooms, kitchens, entryways, and children’s rooms because they have higher rankings, which means harder floors. Species like Walnut, Hevea, and Fir are softer, but still durable choices. These types of floors are better suited for rooms that have low traffic, like dining rooms and formal living rooms.  

Flooring species that are strand woven rank highest on the Janka Scale due to the high pressure manufacturing process. Species like Bamboo  are actually made of grass, not wood. Their strands are interwoven with hard resin and other excess flooring materials in a high pressure process that makes them one of the hardest wood floors on the market. Not only are they incredibly durable, but the use of extremely renewable materials makes them a great eco-friendly flooring option.

It’s also important to note that the same type of wood from different regions around the world can render different ratings on the Janka Scale. For example, Brazilian Cherry wood is much harder than an American Cherry due to the changes in climate and other environmental factors. It’s important to always check where the species comes from on the Janka Scale to determine if it is the right flooring for your home.


We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again—hardwood flooring truly changes the look and feel of a home. Not only does it add a more traditional, open atmosphere to a room, real estate agents are now saying hardwood flooring boost home sale prices by as much as 6%. There has been a movement towards hard surfaced floors, and for a good reason. Wood floors are easy to maintain, match most decors, last much longer than carpets, and are overall eco-friendly options. Below are 5 reasons why hardwood flooring should be your next investment.

1. It Works Great For High Traffic Areas

Hardwood flooring bases its hardness off of the Janka Hardness Scale. This scale measures the hardness and durability of each species of wood and gives it a rating from 0 to 4000. Most hardwood flooring on the market falls between 800 and 3800, with one of the hardest  being Brazilian Cherry and Chestnut species and the softest being Pine and Fir species. Anything with a Janka rating about 1200 is great for high traffic areas because it will not dent or scratch easily.

2. It Is Easy To Clean

With hardwood flooring, knocking over a glass of wine is never a problem. All you need is a damp cloth to clean up spills. There are plenty of options for floor care supplies. Hardwood flooring is able to withstand dirt, dust, and grime much better than carpet ever could. Its surface is easy to sweep or wipe clean and maintaining its shine and luster is a breeze.  Carpets can trap dirt, hair, and even contain allergens, making it nearly impossible to keep clean.

3. It Increases the Value of Your Home

In a recent survey by the National Wood Flooring Association, 82 percent of realtors polled  said homes with hardwood flooring sell faster and often, for more money. Wood floors are timeless, which means they match most décor and give off an aura of traditional appeal. In addition, hardwood flooring often opens up a room, giving the illusion of more space, which is appealing to home buyers.

4. It Lasts For Decades

Wood floors are made to last. From the way they are designed to the way they are installed, they are created to withstand traffic, dirt, kids, pets, weather changes and more. Wood floors with a Janka Hardness Scaled rating of 1200 or more are especially durable. They are resistant to most scratches and dents. If something were to happen to the surface of your floor, refinishing is easy. Simply sanding and adding a new finish can make the floors look brand new.

5. It Is Eco-Friendly

Wood flooring is made from natural, renewable sources. Trees can be replanted over and over again. In fact, options like laminate and engineered floors are mostly made from wood products and other renewable materials, meaning fewer trees are cut down in the process. Options like stranded Bamboo flooring use Bamboo grass that is manufactured with high pressure and bonding materials to make an incredibly tough and durable flooring. In fact, Hardwood Bargains is committed to replanting trees, and with our Tree Replanting Program, we plant 2 trees for every one cut down for our floors.

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