A hardness scale of 1-10 is used by the flooring industry to rate the scratch resistance of flooring materials against ten common minerals.
At the softest end of the scale, vinyl is ranked the most likely to scratch (no 1) and is equivalent to talc, followed by wood which is ranked at number two, with a scratch rating equal to gypsum. To score a 10 on the scale, a flooring material would need to be as hard as a diamond.
While no flooring scores a hardness of 10, the hardest flooring you can choose is porcelain tiles, which score between 7 and 8 depending on their manufacture.
Former Block contestants and now professional interior designers Kyal and Kara love the durability of tiles for flooring. “They’re really hard-wearing which is great with a young boy who loves riding his bike around the house. They also come in thousands of different styles, including tiles that replicate other flooring options such as stone, concrete, marble and timber look tiles.”
Watch Kyal and Kara on the video below to learn more about the scratch resistant properties of tiles, or read more great reasons to choose this tough flooring option.