Janka Hardness Scale
The Janka hardness test is a measurement of the force necessary to embed a .444-inch steel ball to half its diameter in wood.
It is a flooring industry standard for gauging the ability of various species to tolerate denting and normal wear, as well as being a good indication of the effort required to either nail or saw the particular wood.
Please note that this is just a partial list containing some of the most popular choices for woods we work with.
|Hard Maple / Sugar Maple||1450|
|Red Oak (Northern)||1290|
|Southern Yellow Pine (Longleaf)||870|
|Southern Yellow Pine (Loblolly and Shortleaf)||690|
|Eastern White Pine||380|