Wood Flooring Grades

Grades:Oak & Ash Unfinished - Four(4)

CLEAR Oak -Go 2 Installation Procedures

Clear Red Oak

"Clear" is free of defects though it may have minor imperfections. See room setting photo of this species. This grade is further identified by cut, CLEAR PLAIN, CLEAR QUARTERED

Select Red Oak

Select & Better

"Select & Better" is almost clear, but contains more natural characteristics such as knots and color variations. See room setting photo of this species. This grade is further identified by cut, SELECT PLAIN, SELECT QUARTERED

#1 Common Red Oak

# 1 Common

# 1 Common has a variegated appearance, light and dark colors, knots, flags and worm holes. See room setting photo of this species

#2 Red Oak

# 2 Common

# 2 Common is rustic in appearance and allow all wood characteristics of the species. See room setting photo of this species

Common" grades (No. 1 and No. 2) have more markings than either clear or select and are often chosen because of these natural features and the character they bring to a room.

GRADING - The appearance of the wood determines how it is "graded." All grades are equally strong and serviceable, yet afford the consumer different looks. These rules are an Industry standard set by the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Associations (NOFMA)

Unfinished Grades - Four(4)

4 most common grades of oak

Grades:Oak Prefinished - Four(4)

Prime-This is the top grade and the overall appearance shall be good. The face of strips shall be selected for appearance after finishing. This grade includes characteristics found in the unfinished grades of CLEAR and SELECT grade

Standard-The face of strips may contain sound wood characteristics which are even and smooth after filling and finishing. This grade includes some characteristics found in the unfinished grades SELECT, NO.1 COMMON, and NO. 2 COMMON
Standard & Better-A combination of PRIME and STANDARD grade developing from the production run. See room setting photo of this species

Tavern/Cabin-
A limited amount of unfilled/unfinished open characters admitted. A limited amount of pieces with finish irregularities such as bubbles, small skips, lines, stain/color variation, surface handling scratches, minor trash, and the like are allowed.

Installing Wood Floors

Installing Wood Floors

Step by step procedures, layout, design, specialty installation, handling, storage of material & proper nail sequence

Custom Wood Floors:

Installing Wood Floors

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Painted Wood Floors

Installing Wood Floors

Custom 1-of-a-kind, faux finishes painted onto wood floors, faux marble, brass inlays, exotic wood floor species, and painted oriental carpets

Finishing Wood Floors

Finishing Wood Floors

Step by step how to refinish old & new wood floors, types of finishes, application techniques, do's & don'ts

Exotic Wood Floors

Exotic Wood Floors

Imported exotic wood floors with more than 90 species, hardness, color samples

Plank Wood Floors

Plank Wood Floors

An old American tradition, wide plank wood floors of many species from 3" - 10" planks

Prefinished Wood Floors

Installing Wood Floors

gives you an insight of this factory finished product vs unfinished hardwood flooring, room setting photo gallery

Bamboo Floors

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This wood floor product that can be laid on any proper subfloor including concrete. Prefinished or unfinished.

Engineered Wood Floors

This wood floor product that can be laid on any proper subfloor including concrete. Prefinished or unfinished.

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