With so much variation, you might wonder if you need to consider the Janka rating in your flooring purchase. The concern is valid.
So much of a hardwood floor’s longevity and durability relies on the maintenance and care it receives over its lifetime.
Softwood doesn’t always mean weaker wood. Take Oak Floors for example. Oak flooring is one of the most popular hardwood floors, yet it is also one of the softer floors. The ratings vary depending on what style of oak you get. It is so popular because it is such an affordable type of wood – not because of its Janka rating.
The Janka rating provides insight into a wood’s hardness, but beyond that, it’s not a good measure of the longevity of your flooring. No matter how hard the wood is, you will need to properly maintain and care for it to keep it looking its best over time.
Choose your next flooring based on your specific needs, the application, price and looks before taking the Janka rating into consideration.
Janka Ratings for Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood floors cannot be tested with this method, as they only have a thin veneer of hardwood. The Janka rating of the hardwood veneer will sometimes be listed to give the consumer a better idea of the surface strength, but it is not a full representation of the full plank hardness.