When it comes to the durability, not all wood floors are the same. Harder woods will be more resistant to wear and denting. That's where the Janka Scale comes in. It measures the relative hardness of wood. More specifically, it measures the pound force required to embed a .444 inch diameter steel ball into wood to half the ball's diameter.
Fortunately, you don't have to do the math. Just keep in mind that where heavy traffic or tough conditions exist, harder woods will perform better than soft ones. The chart below shows the relative hardness of some of the more popular hardwoods. Our associates will be happy to help you select a wood that's right for your situation.