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Wood Floor Hardness Rating

Fir, Cherry, or Maple: Which Has the Best Janka Rating?


For instance, Douglas Fir, has a Janka hardness rating of 660 and proves to be the softest wood on the list--terrible for hard use.

At the top of the scale is Brazilian cherry with a rating of 2350. One wood that's off the charts is Brazilian Walnut, with a hardness rating of 3800.

Problems With Hard Wood vs. Soft Wood

While it may seem logical to pick the very hardest wood, keep these points in mind:
  • Soft wood can be hardened to some degree by the application of polyurethene finishes.
  • Hard wood is nearly always much more expensive than the softer and medium-grade woods.
  • Hard wood is more difficult to saw, drill, and nail than other woods, requiring more time and labor and, again, more money.

Janka Hardness Rating Chart Next Page

Find all the ratings, from fir to cherry, on the next page.
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