Hardwood Flooring Hardness FlagstaffIf you’re interested in new hardwood flooring, familiarizing yourself with the Janka hardness scale is a great way to begin your search. The Janka scale ranks different hardwoods based on their durability. There are dozens of species used to make solid wood floors, but there are only a few domestic species with a Janka Hardness Rating over 1,200, which are the woods most resistant to scratches, water damage, insect infestation, and warping.

To make the floor buying process as easy as possible for you, the Floor Coverings International Flagstaff team has compiled a list of the wood flooring types that top the Janka Hardness Scale:

1) White Ash – White Ash has a Janka Hardness Rating (JHR) of 1320 and is a perfect flooring choice for smaller homes or those with poor natural light sources because of its natural ability to brighten spaces. White Ash comes in a variety of grain patterns, so there’s sure to be a great fit for your Flagstaff home.

2) Birch – There are three types of birch used for hardwood floors: Paper Birch, Yellow Birch, and Sweet Birch. Only Sweet Birch has a JHR over 1,200. Like many hardwoods, Birch comes in different colors and variations depending on the part of the tree from which the wood is taken. If Birch stands out as a fit for your Northern Arizona home, be sure to seek the Sweet Birch variety for the most durability.

3) Hickory – Hickory has one of the highest Janka ratings on our list with a JHR of 1820. Hickory’s unique grain patters and colors make it an enduring favorite for hardwood flooring in the Flagstaff area.

4) Mesquite – The hardest of the domestic woods, Mesquite may also be the most unique with respect to the grain patterns. Since Mesquite is a darker wood, it is generally best suited for large or well-lit room. A lighter room will also help draw attention to the gorgeous patterns within this wood type.

5) White Oak – While White Oak flooring isn’t the hardest on our list with a JHR of 1,210, it is arguably the most beautiful. Since White Oak is the lightest colored of the domestic hardwoods, it is perfect for small rooms, but that is not to imply that it can not compete with any other hardwood in a large space. For those people who want to mix hardwoods to make patterns, White Oak is the perfect contrast for a darker wood like Mesquite.

To start the process of adding hardwoods to your home, contact Floor Coverings International of Flagstaff today. Our design and installation experts are highly trained in the different varieties of hardwood and would be happy to help you select the best fit for your project. Call us today to schedule a free, in-home, Design Consultation and estimate.

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