Wood hardness

Wear resistance

The Brinell scale indicates the comparative hardness of different wood species. As a rule the higher the Brinell-hardness, the better the floor's ability to withstand impacts, indentations and wear.

In this table the average hardness degree of timber materials has been compared to wear surface of Upofloor hardwood floorings.

Brinell-hardness in different wood species:

Wood speciesBrinell hardness
Jarrah

4,7 - 5,1

Merbau

4,1 - 4,9

Canadian Maple

3,2 - 4,2

Ash

3,3 - 4,1

Beech

2,7 - 4,0

Oak

2,9 - 3,7

Walnut

2,8 - 3,5

Cherry

3,0 - 3,2

Birch

2,2 - 2,7

Brinell -hardness measured in a humidity of 12 %.

Please note that none of the above mentioned wood species are able to bear excessively heavy point loads without damage, such as the concentrated load of furniture feet without protective felt pads. On the other hand, it is natural for wood flooring to have small dents and marks as part of its aging in the course of time.