To measure the hardness of bamboo or hardwood flooring, the flooring industry uses a tool known as the Janka scale. The Janka Hardness Test is performed by measuring the resistance of flooring materials to wear and denting. By performing this test, it can be determined whether or not a species of hardwood or bamboo is suitable for use as flooring.

How Does This Test Work?

The Janka Hardness Test is done by measuring the force that is required to embed an 11.28 mm (0.444 in) steel ball into a sample of bamboo or hardwood to half the diameter of the ball. The higher the amount of force that is required to embed the steel ball, the higher the rating on the Janka scale the bamboo or hardwood species will receive.

In the United States, results are commonly  measured in pounds-force (lbf). Sometimes the results are treated as units, for example “2302 Janka.” The rating that each species receives is then compared via the Janka Hardness Scale in order to determine which flooring materials are the most durable.

How Do Mr. Bamboo Flooring Products Rank?

Mr. Bamboo Flooring exclusively sells strand woven bamboo flooring. As a result, our flooring products rank among the hardest available on the market. On the Janka Hardness Test, Mr. Bamboo Strand Flooring in Coffee color received a result of 2302 Janka. Only African Cedar, Bloodwood, Brazilian Teak, Brazilian Cherry and a few species of Rosewood rank higher than this type of flooring.

Mr. Bamboo Strand Flooring in Natural color received a result of 3080 Janka, making it the 4th hardest flooring. The only floors that exceed the hardness of this strand woven bamboo flooring product are just a few rare species of bamboo that are rapidly disappearing from the rainforest.

To provide a comparison of strand woven bamboo flooring to hardwood options:

  • Our BamStrand® and BamLoc® strand woven flooring is 100% harder than Red Oak wood
  • Our BamStrand® and BamLoc® strand woven flooring is 80% harder than Hard Maple wood

Why Is the Janka Scale Important?

The purpose of testing these various products using the Janka Hardness Test is to ensure that the flooring will not only stand up to wear and tear, but will also continue to look like it has recently been installed for many years to come. Additionally, these tests prove that you do not have to purchase hardwood in order to have durable floors. With strand woven bamboo flooring, you can get the benefits of the hardness of hardwood, without additional costs to the environment.

When it comes to choosing the best flooring product for your space, durability is an important consideration. With proof that strand woven bamboo flooring is one of the hardest flooring materials available anywhere, you can invest in this type of flooring with the confidence that is made to last.