• solid or engineered
• 2-1/ 4″ – 12″ width
• unfinished or pre-finished
• live sawn, flat sawn, quarter sawn, rift sawn, band sawn, center cut
• wire brushed, contour sanded,
• square edge, micro-beveled, eased edge
• character grade, light character grade, select & better
• tongue and groove
• urethane finish, oil finish, poly finish
• any color of your choice
The 3 most commonly used grades are: Select, #1 Common, and #2 Common, which is also known as “Rustic” grade, or “Builder’s” grade. The grading scale is a measure of what is known as “Character” markings or natural characteristics, e.g., variation in color from board to board, mineral streaks, presence of knots or worm holes; but they also reference average board length, milling imperfections, and other irregularities. None of these 3 different grades are better or more durable than the others – the grading is primarily a way to qualify appearance. Some people prefer the uniformity of Select grade, while others prefer a more rustic look with more character in the floor. Less character markings costs more, because there will be less of a tree that is usable. Select grade is the most expensive of the three, with #1 being a bit cheaper, and #2 Rustic grade costing considerably less than Select. SELECT grade has very few imperfections or character markings. Select grade will be almost uniform in color, with very few knots or holes, and longer, similar length boards. Small, tight knots are permitted only every 3 feet.
#1 Common has more variation in light and dark colors from board to board, knots, holes, and more variation in the length of boards.
#2 Common or Rustic grade is very rustic in appearance, with great variation in color from board to board, visible mineral streaks, prominent, larger-sized knots and worm holes, and lots of shorter boards.