High Heel Damage

HIGH HEEL DAMAGE

Did you know that a 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail (from over-worn heels) can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch- as much as an elephant or small car! This kind of impact can dent pretty much any floor surface.  Most companies who sell hardwood floors state that owners should avoid walking on wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels.

The relative hardness of wood species is measured using what is called a Janka Hardness Rating. This test measures the force needed to embed a steel ball (.444 inch in diameter) to half its diameter in the piece of wood being tested, with the rating measured in pounds of force per square inch. So with this rating system, the higher the number the harder the wood.

Wood hardness is important since one of the key considerations in selecting the species of wood floor your floor should be how much resistance the wood has to scratches and indentations. For example, if you wear stiletto high heels often, and plan to host fabulous parties with other stiletto-wearers, then denting and scratching the floor is a consideration, and you should select a species with a higher rating such as hickory, maple, oak or ash, however, all are still susceptible to damage.

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