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Old 12-12-2014, 07:16 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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We are looking at putting in some engineered wood flooring in the living room and master bedroom.
We would like something that resists scratching/denting as much as possible.
We kind of liked a birch, but were told that its one of the softest woods and that we should choose a hickory or maple as they are harder. The only maple we liked was out of our price range, but there is a hickory that we kind of like, just not as much as we liked the birch.
So my question, would we be better off with the hickory? is birch much more prone to scratching, denting than hickory?
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:34 AM
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You can check out the Janka scale here American Hardwood Information Center. Hickory is harder than birch, but it looks like birch is only slightly softer than red oak (which is the standard for comparison purposes), so if you like the birch better I'm sure it would be fine.
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:48 AM
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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And, since the finish layer is only about 3/16" thick and it's protected by baked on polyurethane with aluminum oxide- you really don't have anything to worry about.
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