There’s more to a successful Hardwood purchase than just knowing what kinds of hardwood floors are available on the market. There are many variables you need to consider in order to ensure the right hardwood product for your needs has been purchased and installed.
In our showroom at 1903 West Broadway, we have daily conversations with our customers who have been misinformed in one way or another about their upcoming hardwood purchase. Some have been told that one brand of hardwood doesn’t scratch. Some have been told that they can or cannot install their hardwood in a particular situation. Some think that Oak is harder than Maple. Some are looking to installing their hardwood on radiant heat flooring.
All of the above situations are real issues and questions for many and depending on who you ask, you’ll get different answers every time.
One resource that we have made available is on this exact site under “Hardwood“. There is plenty of quality information available on this page that can answer many of your questions and set you up for an educated shopping experience.
I will cover the two most asked questions that we encounter in our showroom. (1) If a Hardwood is harder (on the Janka scale), does it mean it won’t dent? (2) Does this hardwood scratch easier than that other one?
When I answer these questions here, many times it is not what the customer likes to hear or even what she/he has heard from others. However I say it the way it is.
The hardness of the wood, which is determined by the Janka rating, does not mean it is dent resistant. All it does mean is that a species with a lower Janka rating is easier dented than one that has a higher rating.
The second point is even easier to answer. The scratch-ability of one wood to another is not at all determined by the Janka scale. All hardwood products will in fact scratch. If anyone tells you any different, they are not being genuine with you.
Everything scratches, even steel. Having said that, there are some manufacturers who have much harder finishes on their hardwood than others, hence harder to scratch. For example Lauzon hardwood flooring has a fantastic finish on their products that makes it much harder to scratch than other products.
When you are doing your due diligence, please make sure the person you’re talking to has done his homework and even then, do yourself a favour and ask another reputable dealer as well.[wpsr_socialbts]