Janka Hardness Scale

This list contains the relative hardness for numerous wood species used in flooring. These ratings were done using the Janka Hardness Test. The higher the number the harder the wood. This should be used as a general guide when comparing various species of wood flooring. Ratings will vary from where and when a tree was obtained. The plank construction and finish play an extremely important role in the durability and ease of maintenance of any wood floor.

Wood Species Hardness
Red Oak (domestic) 1260
North American Cherry 950
Brazilian Cherry / Jatoba 2820
Brazilian Teak / Cumaru 3540
Santos Mahogany / Cabreuva 2200
Tigerwood 2160