It's important to choose a hardwood that fits with your lifestyle.

Durability of different wood species

The Janka Hardness Test is the industry standard for determining the hardness of each species of hardwood. The harder the wood the more able it is to withstand denting and daily wear and tear.

The chart to the right ranges from hardest at the top, to softest at the bottom.
Hardest: Brazilian Cherry
Softest: Douglas Fir

New hardwood floors are not only beautiful, they are a great investment and increase you home's resale value. Naturally, you want to keep then looking as good as they can for as long as they can.

Pets and young children are especially hard on your floors. You need to choose a wood that is as high as possible on the scale in order to help preserve your floor's natural beauty for the long term.

In addition, you need to consider the area of installation. Hardwood in the kitchen will be subject to much more use, moisture and traffic than in a formal dining room, so this needs to kept in mind.

Apex makes it easy to choose your wood species. Go to our Hardwood Samples page and browse through the photos. Keep this chart in mind and/or refer back to it so your final selection will be the best one for your home.

We are here to help! If you have further questions regarding wood durability, please don't hesitate to ask!

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Janka Hardness Graph

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