With careful maintenance, a wood floor can last for generations. Even if it's subjected to excessive wear and tear, it can still be resanding and sealed, to achieve a surface that looks as good as new. It's a long-term investment that you can enjoy every day. And, it's beneficial for the environment too.
How often a floor can be renovated depends upon the thickness of its genuine wood wear layer. For multilayer floors this ranges generally from 6 mm to 0.7 mm (veneer floor). Solid parquet floors are offered in thicknesses up to 22 mm.
As well as an individual look, each species of wood has a different level of hardness. This can help determine which type of timber is best suited to the function of a room. Certain 'high traffic areas', like hallways and kitchens, demand a harder species of wood.
The hardness of wood is measured using the Brinell test - a simple, yet precise procedure, developed by the Swedish Engineer, Johan August Brinell. The test is carried out by pressing a 10mm steel ball against the surface of the wood, with a prescribed force and duration. The indentation this leaves is then measured, and the Brinell value is calculated. The value is determined by the size of the indention made in the wood - the harder the wood, the higher the Brinell value.