How to Choose a Hardwood Floor: Hardness

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When it comes to hardwood floors, you have lots of options to choose from. And one of the main considerations when choosing a hardwood floor should be the wood’s hardness.

Hardwood floors are measured for hardness based on the Janka Hardness Test. The higher the rating, the harder the wood.

Hickory is one of the hardest options available commercially, with a rating of 1,820, which is perfect for people with dogs or kids. It won’t scratch easily.

White oak is moderately hard with a rating of 1,360, and is a great option for kitchens or dining rooms and also comes in a wide range of colours.

Walnut, on the other hand, is one of the softest woods so it might not be the best option for a room for high foot traffic. But the good news is that walnut is one of the most beautiful options for hardwood.

Looking for more hardwood flooring options from Bigelow Flooring? Check out these popular species of wood floors.

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