mahogany hardwood flooring monmouth countyFor many Monmouth County homeowners, durability is the most important attribute to consider when choosing new hardwood. At Floor Coverings International Monmouth County, we help our customers in the greater Monmouth and Ocean County area find tough, dependable hardwood that will last for generations.

A good way to gauge the strength of a hardwood is by its Janka hardness score. This number is obtained by measuring the force required to imbed a steel ball into a wood. Here are three great hardwoods that have high Janka hardness scores:


The only domestic hardwood on this list, Hickory is the one of strongest hardwoods native to the United States. With a Janka score of 1,820, hickory floors can stand the test of time and are a great choice for large families and pet owners.

Hickory isn’t for everyone because it has a very unique aesthetic. With its unusual graining and color variation, this hardwood option looks very rustic and rural. Many Monmouth County homeowners choose wide plank hickory so it doesn’t look too busy.

Brazilian Walnut

This exotic hardwood species is one of the strongest on the planet. Brazilian walnut—commonly known as Ipe—has a Janka hardness score of 3,680. To put that in perspective, white oak, a domestic wood known for its strength, has a score of 1,360. In addition to its strength, Ipe is deep brown with tan streaks. It can transform any room into an elegant space perfect for entertaining guests.


Mahogany is one of the most well-known exotic hardwood species. It has a Janka hardness score of 2,200, making it as strong as any domestic hardwood. There was a time, in fact, when most of our mahogany came from Florida. Because of overharvesting, most of the mahogany we use today is Santos mahogany, which comes from South and Central America.

This exotic hardwood has significant color variation from orange to dark brown. Mahogany will become richer in color over time, stabilizing after three to four months.

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