When it comes to the materials you decide to use for your flooring, there is a lot to think about, especially when it comes to wood. There is more to the decision than just picking something that looks nice. You want to find a dependable wood that will not only fit your motif, but that is also stable enough to withstand the many feet that will walk upon it for the next few decades.
Many people may think that all types of wood are separated only by type, but there is more to it. Hardness and stability are major factors that must be considered when considering your hardwood flooring.
Did you know that there is actually a test made just to determine hardness?
That’s right! It is called the Janka hardness test. In a nutshell, this test measures the force necessary to successfully embed a 0.444-inch steel plate to half of its diameter in wood. The Janka tests – also known as side hardness tests – predict which types of wood are more resistant to dents and wear. Janka tests has been completed on hundreds of different types of wood and mesquite wood comes out in the top 10.
As you can see in our list, the Janka test shows Brazilian walnut had the highest rating with 3,680. By contrast, the weakest wood in the study was Douglas fir, coming in with a score of 660. Where does mesquite sit? Well, the Janka test results give mesquite a hardness of 2,345 – an excellent rating.
Stability is another factor that should be taken into consideration. We can measure stability by calculating the dimensional change coefficient, or multiplying change in moisture times the change coefficient and multiplied by the board width. For those whose eyes just glazed over there, effectively we’re measuring the impact of moisture on swelling and shrinking.
On a recent test of stability, mesquite received a rating of 3.2, making it second only to Australian cypress. By comparison, beech was on the opposite side of the spectrum, with a content change of almost 12, meaning that it is much more susceptible to fluctuations from moisture.
The hardness and stability of mesquite are just a few of the reasons why we at Faifer & Co. love with this impressive wood variety. We are family owned and operated, and we take great pride in our work with mesquite wood and its many applications.
Take a look at our full selection of mesquite hardwood flooring online now, or call us today at 830-216-4189 to learn more.