When Buying Wood Flooring

Sale prices on Hardwoods at Flooring Galaxy is not just about price but instead it is enormous value! Come in today and get the education to know that the sale pricing is really a value when it comes to hardwood flooring.

Can you buy a wood floor based on Janka hardness ratings? The Janka hardness rating?indicates the relative hardness of wood species.? The Janka test measures the amount of force that it takes to chip or indent surface of wood. This test is conducted by dropping a steel ball that is approximately .444 inches in width down a tube onto the surface of wood being tested. The test can give buyers a false sense of durability with out knowing the stability, thickness finish or other wood specie specific characteristics. The rating is measured in pounds of force per square inch. So with this knowledge, naturally consumers want to pick wood flooring with the highest Janka rating. However, before making the assumption that higher Janka ratings suggest higher quality wood, you will need to understand two common misconceptions made when referring to Janka ratings.

The most common assumption that consumers make is that a high Janka Rating will prevent scratches on their new floor. This is far from the truth. It is true that the harder the wood is the more difficult it will be for that floor to be dented, but denting and scratching are two very different things. Even the hardest woods WILL scratch, so no matter what type of hardwood you own, you should be cautious when moving heavy objects across your wood floor.

The second mistake people make when searching for a durable hardwood, is to assume that the Janka rating applies to prefinished hardwoods. This is also not the case. The only planks that are used in Janka testing is solid unfinished hardwood. Even though prefinished hardwoods cannot be tested for their Janka hardness rating, due to the fact the top coat of finish changes the result of impact. All of Flooring Galaxy? prefinished hardwoods come with a Lifetime Manufactures warranty on Construction. Also, Engineered hardwoods which have only a layer of solid wood on the top of a cross-constructed base wood or other substrate attached to planks and are therefore exempt from Janka hardness ratings due to substrate will change results of testing. However, if you are concerned about the Janka ratings of your floor, keep in mind that if you have true hardwood floor, you cannot use Janka ratings to measure its hardness.

At Flooring Galaxy, we have Solid hardwood collections and Engineered that contain the highest Janka ratings with Superior scratch resistant on our quality hardwoods. We offer exotic hardwoods in various sizes and wood species.

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