If you want to get the best hardwood floors, today we will talk about one specific factor in choosing that flooring.
Best Hardwood Floors
When selecting the best hardwood floors for your home and the costs of maintaining the floors for years to come, what the professionals do: look at the hardness of the wood as measured on the Janka Scale, which ranks durability and hardness.
This insight can help you avoid the buyer’s remorse that comes because you saw a floor that is exactly what you want, only to discover that in your home, it is an impractical choice for your family’s lifestyle.
The Janka scale helps you understand how much wear a specific wood will show. A wood that ranks low on the Janka Scale indicates a soft wood (red cherry, has a beautiful grain, but its Janka Hardness rating of 950 indicates it is less suitable for homes with children and pets.)For that home with a lot of activity, you want to look at woods higher on the scale such as hickory (Janka Hardness rating 1820) or northern red oak (1290).
Not just the type of wood, but the source, will affect the Janka rating. The domestic black cherry comes in at a 950 Janka Harness, while the Brazilian cherry is ranked 2820.
Yes, it’s a fact. You can get dizzy looking at all the domestic and imported types of wood flooring available. It’s always key to remember that paramount in your decision is your budget, your lifestyle and the style of your home. However, a little extra work to learn about hardness and style can pay off in a beautiful, and the best, hardwood floors for you.
There is a natural beauty and charm to an oak wood floor that translates into making a home charming and welcoming while adding to the resale value. If you are considering a hardwood floor from oak, you will find it naturally beautiful. You will also discover that the flooring can be stained any number of shades that add custom accents to your home.
Oak Wood Floor Care
As with most hardwood, you don’t need to pamper your oak wood floor, but you should keep it clean with a broom, dust mop, or slightly dampened hard wood floor cleaning mop. How much work your specific species of floor needs is a question you will want to ask your flooring professional before the job begins, especially if you are putting wood floors in highly trafficked areas such as the entry way or kitchen.
Oak is Great for Staining
When it comes to the color of your oak, there are several species to choose from and you also have a wide variety of stains. The stains will beautify and amplify the style you are looking for. Work with your flooring professional to determine the best look for your space.
Keep in mind that when you are working with a natural material such as oak, there are natural variations. This is part of the beauty of the species. Even with just a few pieces of the same oak there will be variations, and no stained floor will look exactly like the one you saw somewhere else. Wise decorators know to test a sample of the stain you choose on a small area first, to be sure that the stain is what you envision.
Whether you choose to stain or keep it natural with just a varnish, an oak wood floor is a popular and versatile addition to the beauty of your home.