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Understanding Timber Hardness



Whether you are building a new home or renovating an old one, you will have to answer the essential question about what kind of flooring to choose. Many people choose timber because it’s simply unbeatable if you are looking to have a naturally warm and rustic feel in your home.

There are also many other considerations such as ease of installation, budget limits , ease of maintenance, the correct type of timber floorboards to choose from according to their janka rating and more.

Thankfully, Abbey Timber can help by providing you with the best advice on what you need based on what you are trying to achieve. We have reputable timber specialists who will know exactly what you require and are experienced in all manner of aspects when it comes to timber, including the janka ratings of different types of wood.


The Janka Hardness scale is a specification that pertains to the hardness of wood. It determines the hardness of wood by measuring the force required to push a steel ball with a diameter of 11.28 millimetres (0.444 inches) into the wood to a depth of half the ball’s diameter.

The results are displayed in various ways in different countries. In Australia, Janka hardness ratings are stated in either in newtons (N) or kilonewtons (kN). At times, janka hardness is also stated as units, such as “400 janka ”.

If this sounds highly technical to you and don’t want to bother about it, that’s what Abbey Timber is for. We are here to advise you if the Janka hardness ratings of your chosen wood species is suitable for use as flooring or other applications.

We take all the hard work out of figuring out which is the best janka hardness suitable for your needs and all you have to do is to focus on the other matters such as type of finish that you want.


Call us today and allow one of our professional advisers to help you find out what you need according to the project you have in mind.

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