My family is very active. What type of wood would you suggest for me?

You can choose a wood that is harder and more durable. The Janka hardness test is a measurement of the force necessary to embed a .444-inch steel ball to half its diameter in wood. It is the industry standard for gauging the ability of various species to tolerate denting and normal use.

You can visit our species page to view woods and their hardness.

We have a couple more suggestions on choosing a hardwood floor for you. The first is to choose distressed wood floor product because its already uneven surface camouflages wear.

There are many techniques used to distress a wood floor. Some of the commonly used techniques are to use scrapers, hand planers, adzes, chisels, and other tools to remove some of the wood and create a worn and antique look. This distressing can be done in varying degrees and is often offered in light, medium, and heavy versions.  

In another method, the softer wood is removed by scraping with stiff, metal brushes, causing a highlighted effect that accentuates the pattern of the grain. Because the softer part of the wood is removed in this process, the floor has increased scratch resistance.

A matte finish can help hide blemishes. Shiny finishes show wear and abrasion. They lose their shine where there is heavier traffic and show scratches easily, so we recommend a finish with less gloss, especially when there are pets in the home.

In addition to being flat and very natural looking, oil finishes penetrate the wood. Another big plus is that an oil finished floor can be spot treated where needed, as needed, instead of having to be fully sanded and refinished. And, many oil finishes are VOC free!

We can assist you in choosing the most durable hardwood flooring material for your home at our Tampa showroom.