Wood Countertops Hardness Scale

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Selecting the best wood countertops for your kitchen can be a mind boggling decision.

At Grothouse, we are often asked how wood species rank in hardness. Harder species are more resistant to daily dings and dents, softer woods are more susceptible.

The Janka chart has been used as an industry standard for determining the hardness of woods. The Janka hardness test measures the force required to embed a .444-inch steel ball to half its diameter into the respective wood. Keep in mind this hardness test is done only on flat grain or plank style constructions, and the results may vary slightly if you are choosing edge or end grain construction.

The Janka chart is one of many elements to consider for your countertop aesthetic. Choosing the best wood countertops for your design is a personal decision based on an accumulation of sound information. At Grothouse, all of our countertops arrive with a comprehensive lifetime warranty. For design inspiration visit our image library