JANKA HARDNESS

How does your hard wood floor measure up to the Janka Hardness test?

Janka Hardness Test

The Janka hardness test measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear. It measures the force required to embed an 11.28mm (.444 in) steel ball into wood to half the ball’s diameter. This method leaves an indentation. A common use of Janka hardness ratings is to determine whether a species is suitable for use as flooring.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an LVP product and an SPC product?

Luxury vinyl planks (LVP) are made of compressed layers of vinyl, with a high resolution image overlaid onto them, to mimic the look of another material. Stone polymer composite (SPC) flooring is similar, in that it includes a high resolution image, overlaid onto vinyl and coated with a transparent wear layer to protect the floor from scratches, stains, fading, etc. However, the core material in SPC is a hybrid of plastic and compressed limestone powder. This makes the planks hard and rigid, rather than soft and flexible.

What are the best flooring options for a concrete substrate?

Here is our list of the top 6 flooring options to install over a concrete substrate: Laminate, wood, rubber tile, carpet, ceramic tile, and vinyl tile.

What is the most popular flooring in homes today?

The newest trend is flooring that is clean and natural—from materials, to colors, to patterns.“Lived-in” wood flooring is at the top of the list. Carpet is fading in popularity but is still 2nd on the list.