Hardwood flooring has been a popular choice for many homeowners and builders alike. It is durable, elegant, and offers variety in looks and style. We’ll discuss some of the different types of hardwoods used for flooring below from softest to hardest based on their Janka rating. We will also talk about some of their features and benefits.

Choosing the right type of wood can be difficult – but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve compiled this list to help make your decision simpler.

What is the Janka Rating?

The Janka hardness test determines the resistance of a species of wood to denting and wear. It gauges the amount of force required to put an 11.28-mm steel ball halfway through a sample of wood. The higher the number on the Janka Scale, the harder the wood is.

North American Cherry Hardwood Flooring

If you are looking for a beautiful, rich floor, cherry wood flooring is the perfect choice for you! Cherry floors offer variety in color ranging from light pinkish brown to dark red with black streaks running throughout. Cherry floors are a popular choice because they can be finished in a variety of ways including gloss finish, semi-gloss and low sheen finishes. North American Cherry wood flooring is one of the softer hardwoods and can dent and scratch easier than the species below.

North American Walnut Hardwood Flooring

The rich, dark color of North American Walnut flooring gives it a luxurious look that many homeowners love. It is one of the most popular types of wood used for flooring in homes today. The unique blend of browns with gray undertones make this type of hardwood flooring stand out. This hardwood is on the lower end of the Janka scale making it susceptible to scratching and denting but these hardwood floors can be finished in a variety of styles including gloss, semi-gloss and low sheen finishes which may add extra protection.

North American Walnut Flooring

Red Oak Hardwood Flooring

Red oak hardwood flooring is another popular choice because it offers a wide range of colors from golden browns to deep red. Also available in gloss, semi-gloss and low sheen finishes. Oak floors provide warmth and beauty to any room in your house. Oak flooring is durable, easy to clean and maintain, and requires little upkeep. If you are looking for a hardwood flooring that is simple, sturdy, and beautiful – oak may be the right choice for you. Red Oak is indigenous to North America.

Red Oak Hardwood Flooring

American/Canadian/White Ash Hardwood Flooring

If you are looking for an eco friendly hardwood floor that has less impact on the environment than other species, look no further than white ash! White ash hardwood flooring is affordable, durable and offers a unique rustic look with a variety of color options. White ash tends to have more knots than other species of hardwoods which gives it an interesting character not seen in many types of wood floors – this knotty characteristic is often complimented by people who enjoy the lived-in feel that it adds to their home. For those of you who are looking for a hardwood floor that is rich with character – look no further than white ash!

Ash Hardwood Flooring

White Oak Hardwood Flooring

If you are looking for something with character, White Oak hardwood has a wide range of color with gray and pale browns, streaked through the wood grain. White Oak hardwood is another good choice for those that want to avoid a high gloss finish as it can be finished in semi-gloss or low sheen.

White Oak Hardwood Flooring

Maple Hardwood Flooring

Maple flooring is a beautiful choice for any room in your home. Maple floors offer strength and durability, making them an ideal option if you have large dogs or heavy foot traffic. Maple hardwood floors are extremely dense with a tight grain pattern that makes it resistant to denting, scratching or abrasion (think bowling alley). Maple flooring is also a popular choice as it can be finished with little or no sheen at all. Maple hardwood floors are also ideal for those who have allergies as they clean easily and naturally prevent dust mites. Maple flooring offers homeowners durability with an elegant natural look.

Maple Hardwood flooring

Hickory Hardwood Flooring

Hickory is a strong hardwood that is known to be extremely durable. Hickory floors are hard and have a beautiful grain that adds interest to any room in your house. Hickory flooring requires little upkeep and is known to be easy to clean. This species of hardwood flooring has a variety of color options and color variations within the wood itself.

Hickory Hardwood Flooring

Exotic Hardwoods

Merbau Hardwood Flooring

This type of wood comes from South East Asia and offers homeowners an easy to maintain option with rich color variations ranging from reddish browns to dark blacks. Merbau hardwood floors are strong and durable, making them an ideal option for high traffic areas of your home. An advantage to Merbau wood is that it can be finished in a wide range of sheens ranging from gloss to satin . This makes the flooring suitable for any room or decorating style you choose!

Merbau Hardwood Flooring

Tigerwood Hardwood Flooring

This type of wood is a beautiful and exotic species that comes from Central and South America. Tigerwood hardwoods are known for their straight grain, dark color variations ranging in shades of orange to brown with sometimes purple undertones . This type of flooring offers homeowners the opportunity to add an extra element of style and beauty to any room in your home. Tigerwood hardwoods are dense and strong, but require low to medium sheen for finishing as high gloss finishes can damage the wood if not applied correctly!

Tigerwood Flooring

Santos Mahogany Hardwood Flooring

This type of hardwood floor originates in South America and is known for its wide range of color variations ranging from dark reds to browns. Santos Mahogany wood is very dense with a uniform texture making it ideal for any room in your home. This type of wood also offers homeowners versatility as you can finish the flooring with low to medium sheens. Do not confuse Santos Mahogany with true Mahogany. They are not related and Santos Mahogany is stronger, harder, and denser than true Mahogany.

Cherry/Jatoba Hardwood Flooring

If you’re looking for a beautiful hardwood floor that is strong and durable, Jatoba wood flooring may be the perfect choice for you! Jatoba (also known as Brazilian cherry) offers homeowners warm undertones with an attractive grain pattern. It can also be finished in high gloss or low sheen finishes. If you are looking for a hardwood floor that offers both warmth and durability, Brazilian cherry/Jatoba floors are the perfect choice! This type of wood is incredibly strong, and has an extremely dense grain pattern. This means that Jatoba floors do not dent easily – they can withstand heavy traffic without showing signs of wear,

Brazilian Cherry Hardwood flooring

Brazilian Teak Hardwood Flooring

Brazilian teak comes from the rain forests of South America and offers homeowners a beautiful hardwood floor that is sure to impress. Teak wood floors have been used for years as high end boat flooring due their durability, strength, and ability to withstand harsh weather conditions! Brazilian teak can be finished with low or medium sheens making it ideal for any room in your home. This type of hardwood floor is extremely dense with a graining pattern that ranges from light brown to dark blacks! The grain patterns are beautiful and the wood itself is incredibly strong, which makes it ideal for high traffic areas!

Brazilian Walnut Hardwood Flooring

Brazilian walnut comes from the rain forests in South America and offers homeowners a versatile hardwood flooring option. This type of wood can be finished with low, medium or high sheens making it ideal for any room in your home! Brazilian Walnut also has beautiful color variations ranging from light browns to dark blacks, making it a stunning wood flooring option. This type of hardwood is extremely dense and strong, which makes it ideal for high traffic areas in your home! Brazilian Walnut floors are beautiful with an attractive grain pattern making them perfect for any room or decorating style you choose!

If you have questions about the hardwood flooring that is best for you, please feel free to contact us today! Give us a call at (908) 574-2920. We offer the highest quality hardwood flooring in NJ.

Brazilian Walnut hardwood floors