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A Look at Different Flooring Species

At Trojan Timbers, we offer a wide range of fantastic timber flooring options spanning numerous species of timber. Today, we will focus on the question of; what are the most hardwearing and/or durable types of timber flooring?

What is the most hardwearing?

Often when customers ask this question they will be referred to a Janka chart. This is a chart that rates each timber’s hardness. To achieve the various ratings a ball bearing is placed on the surface of the timber sample and pressure is applied. The amount or level of pressure needed to indent the surface of the timber determines where it sits on the chart and its subsequent hardness. The inference is if you choose the highest rating timber then this will translate to the best wearing floor in your home or office.

But does this test really answer the question with reference to hardwearing floor, in the real world. In our opinion the answer is no.

The Janka test does identify hardness in timber and we do agree that the hardness or density of timber will relate to surface resistance from abrasive damage caused by everyday living.It is not however an assurance to resistance of scratching or denting of the timber surface-THIS WILL HAPPEN. Put into context, concrete is very hard and yet the surface will still get scratched.

When looking at various timbers available, Jotoba is considered one of the hardest timbers with Nyatoh being one of the softest, however it is not correct to assume that because you may choose the harder rated timber that it will avoid every day wear, damage or scratching. If a chair is dragged across the floor it would scratch both Nyatoh or Jotoba

What is the solution?

Accepting that all timbers scratch you may just decide to choose the timber you like the look of with the view that you can sand, recoat and bring it back to new again, many years down the track.

Alternatively, you may consider purchasing a timber specie with an open grain and a rustic appearance this may include knots or gum veins A number of timber floors are also hand finished to feature uneven surfaces or deep grain effects . These floors will scratch, however it is not as obvious as it would be on a closed grain timber floor like Pine for example.

If you require any more information please do not hesitate to contact our office on (07) 3861 4422. Alternatively you can visit our website to review our collections and also download our brochures!

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