Flooring properties

Definition of Hardness

Hardness is the ability of a flooring material to resist scratches, dents, and deformation. It determines the durability and longevity of a flooring material.

Hardness can be measured using the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which ranges from 1 to 10. According to the Mohs scale, materials with a Mohs hardness of 1 are the softest and are more susceptible to damage, while those with hardness of 10 are the hardest and best for areas with high foot traffic.

Below is a table comparing the hardness of different flooring materials.

Flooring Type Mohs Hardness Level
Hardwood flooring 4–5
Vinyl and carpet flooring 2–3
Porcelain tile flooring 7–9
Ceramic tile flooring 7–9

Example of Hardness in a Sentence

“The hardness of your floor covering inevitably determines how long your floors will serve you.”


  • Firmness
  • Solidity

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