Your hardwood floors are a big investment and can be the pride of your home. So, you want to make sure that they last as long as possible and can stand up to all the traffic and wear and tear they’ll experience on a daily basis. If this is your priority, then you’ll want to choose the most durable hardwood flooring material there is.
This blog features some of the most durable types of hardwood floor to help you decide which is best for you.
The Janka scale
One way of figuring out which type of hardwood is the toughest and most durable is by consulting the Janka scale. This is especially useful if you are comparing different types of hardwood flooring. The Janka scale measures how resistant each type of wood is to wear by testing how much force is required to embed half of a small steel ball through a plank of each type of wood.
Common types of hardwood flooring that rate high on the Janka scale
Dozens of types of wood have been measured on the Janka scale. The toughest of which has been found to be Australian Buloke. Let’s look at some hardwoods that are commonly used in flooring and see how they measure up to the strength of the Australian Buloke. Here are four common hardwoods in order of their durability.
- Brazilian Ebony
Brazilian hardwoods appear a lot when it comes to identifying the toughest hardwoods. Brazilian ebony is a very dark-colored wood, as the ebony part of its name suggests, but you can still clearly see the grain. This can produce a striking look that can offset lighter wood furniture or light décor.
- Brazilian Walnut
Coming directly behind Brazilian Ebony on the Janka scale is Brazilian Walnut. This wood is lighter than ebony with a rich brown color that complements the design of many living rooms, creating a luxurious, warm appearance. The popularity of Brazilian Walnut, partly due to its strength, has made this material more affordable in recent years.
- Red Mahogany
The Australian Red Mahogany is characterized by its rich and attractive red color as well as its durability. It is common for use in making furniture as well as for hardwood flooring since it is such a versatile wood.
- Brazilian Cherry
Back to the Brazilian hardwoods, Brazilian Cherry has a striking red color similar to the Red Mahogany streaked with darker parts of the wood for an attractive contrast. While it is the least durable of the woods listed here, it is still featured very high up on the Janka scale for its impressive durability.
If you’re looking for the toughest hardwood around, then the ones listed here are a great place to start. If your current hardwood floor isn’t so high up on the Janka scale, then make sure you also know how to properly protect your hardwood floors. If you need any more tips on selecting or looking after your floors, you can contact us.