Determining Wood Hardness

Trees and wood usually fall into two different categories which consist of hardwoods and softwoods. These categories do not always reflect the actual hardness of the wood, and often varies depending on the density. The terms ‘hardwood’ and ‘softwood’ are derived by looking at the tree’s cellular structure. Although not always the case, hardwoods usually have a greater strength than softwoods. When diving deeper into the subject, the world of wood hardness can be confusing, but there are a few things to remember. Generally speaking, the actual hardwood and softwood come from entirely different types of trees; the hardwood from broad-leafed trees and the softwood from the needle-leafed trees. As mentioned before, these terms don’t necessarily reflect the hardness of the wood, but rather the trees […]

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Why the Hardness of Wood Matters

Generally, soft woods are used for furniture or ornamental pieces that don’t receive a lot of wear and tear. Hard woods are used more for structures that require strength to stand up to abuse or the elements. It is this reason why most wood beams and wood floors are made from hardwood. Since the Janka test is the most scientific form of determining the hardness of wood, this is the main thing to look for when shopping for a hardwood floor. Since the Janka test involves impact and a relatively low weight, it’s a great way to indicate how much force the wood can take over the years. The wood hardness determined by the Janka will give you as a consumer a good idea of how easily […]

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