Wood FX Contracting is a Saskatoon family owned and operated with over 18 years experience. Their carpenters and renovation team consist of hardworking individuals ready to tackle your interior home renovations - big or small! They are on-site daily ensuring client satisfaction. In this article, they explain what the Janka Hardness Scale is. Wood FX are Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter and Renovation Pros!
The Janka Hardness Scale
Hardwood flooring is one of the best decisions you can make when it comes to interior home design, as it is a product that never goes out of style. It’s easy to assume that all hardwood flooring is the same when it comes to durability, but this is actually quite far from the truth. Hardwood’s actual hardness is measured by something called the Janka hardness scale. Let’s take a look at what the Janka scale is and how it works.
What is the Janka Hardness Scale?
The Janka hardness scale is a way of measuring the hardness of a given piece of hardwood. It was invented in the year 1906 by an Austrian wood researcher named Gabriel Janka, and it is an adaptation of the Brinell hardness test for metals. In order to better understand the Janka scale, you first need to know how the Brinell test works. The Brinell hardness test is used to test metal materials that are too coarse or rough to be tested by other means. The test involves a steel ball with a 10mm diameter being pressed into the material’s surface under 3,000 kgs of pressure. The resulting indentation is then examined to determine the hardness of the material.
How Does the Janka Hardness Scale Work?
The Janka hardness scale works in a very similar way to the Brinell test. It measures the pounds of force (lbf) it takes to drive an 11.28 mm diameter steel ball halfway into the surface of a slab of hardwood. A test done on the surface of a board, perpendicular to the grain is called a test of “side hardness”, while the same test being performed on the cut surface of a stump is called a test of “end hardness”. Every hardwood board will not yield the same test result, seeing as the hardness of wood varies with the direction of the wood grain, and will be different from one board to another. While durability issues come up when we look at different types of wood grains, there is usually not much deviation when it comes to differences in separate types of wood material, as estimates usually find the difference to be about plus or minus 10%.
Why is a Janka Hardness Rating Important?
Hardwood flooring is a big investment and will typically cost you a pretty penny, so you’ll want to make sure you are getting top quality wood that is not going to deteriorate or wear down after a few short years. While wood with a low Janka rating can still serve you just fine, it is only going to do so if you live a quieter lifestyle that does not involve your home seeing heavy foot traffic. If you have children and/or pets, try to find hardwood with a higher Janka score. A Janka hardness rating is going to give you a great indication of what kind of wear and tear your hardwood is going to be able to handle, helping you make a smarter decision when it comes to making a purchase.
JOB Heating & Air Conditioning’s wonderful staff will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. They also offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and they also offer home heating tune-ups. JOB are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace experts and they can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs! In their latest Saskatoon furnace tip, owner Jeff Bolton, shares why you can trust JOB with your Saskatoon heating and furnace issues.
Having to call your Saskatoon plumber
every time a drain in your home gets clogged can become time-consuming, frustrating, not to mention very expensive. Your drains may work right now, but clogs can happen at any time. Though plumbing codes, normal plumbing maintenance, and good drain pipe materials can keep the rate of clog formation to a minimum, most people do not have the advantage or the ability to decide what plumbing materials are to be used. No one thinks about plumbing maintenance until there is a clogged drain. Clogged drains can create severe water damage to a home’s structure (such as the wiring) and can be a potential health risk. Problems caused by a clogged drain can be avoided by taking necessary steps of drain maintenance to prevent clogs from occurring. Remember, prevention is not only easy to do but can save you a lot of money in the long run!
Tip 1: When cleaning up after dinner, run hot water through the drain to prevent grease buildup and hard water deposits. Once every few days, to really prevent buildup in your pipes, first put in a half cup of baking soda, followed by a half cup of vinegar, and then wash it through with boiling hot water.
Tip 2: Check your bathtub stoppers every three months for hair and buildup of biofilm (a mixture of bacteria, food particles, soap residue, and body oils that hardens as layers begin to build up and lead to a clogged drain) and see if the stopper needs to be replaced due to wear and tear. Once a week, fill the bathtub halfway to three-fourths full (while the stopper is in the drain) and then pull out the stopper. The weight and volume of the water will fill the pipe and will flush the drain line.
Tip 3: Have your home plumbing system regularly inspected for maintenance from the team at JOB Heating and Air. As a preventative measure, at least once a year, hire a plumber to snake your home’s drain lines for any buildups that can lead to a clog. For major connections, such as your septic tank or your main pipe to the sewer system, have periodic inspections. Small roots that penetrate a drain pipe can be cleaned up before it turns into a big problem. If regular inspections are not performed by a plumber, the roots can become entrenched in the drain pipe and will have to be replaced altogether.
Tip 4: Special clog prevention for kitchen sinks include: remove all kitchen waste from the sink; do not pour coffee grinds down the sink; do not pour grease down the sink; and catch all food from falling down the sink.
Tip 5: Most plumbers will tell you to avoid using chemical-based cleaners as clog prevention on a regular basis as they can corrode metal pipes after awhile. A natural cleaner is an enzyme/bacteria based cleaner. Once poured down a drain, it creates colonies of good bacteria that destroy bad bacteria that cause clogs in your drains. Use natural-based cleaners at night, just before everyone goes to sleep – large amounts of water used after the cleaner can get rid of the good bacteria before it has had time to work.
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Wood FX Contracting is Saskatoon family owned and operated with over 18 years experience. Their carpenters and renovation team consist of hardworking individuals ready to tackle your interior home renovations - big or small! They are on site daily ensuring client satisfaction. In this article, they share why it's important to keep an eye on the humidity in your home especially in our cold Saskatchewan winters! Wood FX are Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter and Renovation Pro!
Home Humidity Tips From Wood FX
Wood is a natural material and because of this, it reacts to changes in humidity and temperature. If you have hardwood floors in your home or a lot of wood you should monitor your humidity. When there is high humidity in home moisture is absorbed into the hardwood floors and too much moisture can cause warping of the floorboards.
During the summers moisture levels are higher and if relative humidity is not maintained within a stable range than warranty might be void.
During the dry Saskatchewan winters when humidity levels are low, it is important to use a humidifier in your home which helps to keep humidity levels maintained. This will prevent the loss of moisture from your hardwood floors. Loss of moisture leads to problems such as splits, gaps etc. The recommended humidity range for hardwood floors is between 45% and 55%.
A hygrometer can monitor the humidity levels in your so that you don't have to worry and you can keep your new hardwood installed by Wood FX Contracting looking beautiful for years to come!
Any questions about hardwood installation or maintaining your hardwood contact Wood FX Contracting!
Wood FX is a Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter and Renovation Pro!
The Trusted Saskatoon Team are delighted to welcome Wood FX Contracting to our Saskatoon directory of excellence in the Saskatoon Renovations Category!
Wood FX Contracting
Wood FX Contracting is a family run Saskatoon renovation business with over 18 years of experience. It was founded by Orville Friesen, who initially started the company doing exterior renovations and then he switched to interior renovations. The company specializes in hardwood flooring and carpentry but can tackle any interior residential renovation you might need! In 2013 Wood FX Contracting became the registered business name and it is now primarily run by Orville's son Justin Friesen, although Orville is still on site daily. The Father & son team have worked together for years providing quality workmanship to many clients and home builders!
Trusted Saskatoon Home Builders, Decora Homes Ltd. nominated Wood FX shared their experience with Wood FX Contracting:
"When it comes to hardwood, laminate, LVP or WCP install, Wood FX is a company we would recommend to anyone. We have been using their services for over 4 years now and have had nothing but great experiences with their quality of workmanship." -Rhonda Iula (Owner - Decora Homes Ltd.)
Every client that we talked throughout the Trusted verification process and survey that has worked with Wood FX Contracting had nothing but great things to say and the were given a 10/10 every time!
One thing that we loved was that they knew Justin and the family by name but not always the company name, which just shows how they are truly the faces of their business!
Another happy client from Saskatoon had this to say about their experience with Wood FX Contracting!
"I have known Justin and his family for over 10 years and they are the best installers in Saskatoon. Their family was born and raised with woodwork. They are great with their clients and ensure quality work. Any issues that arise in regards to humidity etc that might affect install they are upfront and honest about! They definitely have my trust! - Corey G. (Saskatoon)
Wood FX Contracting does all type of interior renovations from bathrooms, kitchens, flooring installation and much more... When we visited their work site we saw for ourselves the quality of workmanship they stand by!
Trusted Saskatoon welcomes the Friesen Family and Wood FX Contracting to our directory of excellence and we give them the Thumbs Up!
FRIENDLY, SINCERE AND HONEST ..DONE BY THE BOOK ..that's what it says on the card of Ken Eade ...the owner of 3'n 1 construction Saskatoon roofers and this truly is the philosophy he lives and does business by!
Be assured that when you call Ken you are getting a SASKATOON CONTRACTOR and a SASKATOON ROOFER who you will amaze you with their customer service and integrity ..in fact, we are pretty sure that 3'n1 Construction will be a name you will pass on to all your friends in the future too!
3'n1 Construction shares a testimonial
"I hope you and the crew managed to get some much-deserved R&R on the weekend. John and I spent a lot of Saturday outside admiring the new shingles from a variety of angles around the house. You guys did a beautiful job! Then when the rain came later Saturday afternoon, we decided it would be a good test for leaks. So far, so good, which is no surprise I’m sure!
We wanted to write to tell you how impressed we were with the job as well as the process and the cleanup, and we are very much looking forward to working with you again. Later this summer, once we’ve had a chance to check outdoor colours at Creative Doors, we’ll be in touch to see how things look for you in the fall (maybe I should have used the word ‘autumn’!
In the meantime, stay safe!"
Anita & John
Thank you Anita and John for taking the time to share your experience and thanks to 3'n1 Construction for truly showing they deserve their Trusted status!
When we give the Thumbs up to a business IT MEANS something! They are Trusted Saskatoon Roofers!