Grade is one of the factors to consider when comparing hardwood flooring products. It refers to the amount of marks, naturally occurring or manufactured, that are allowed to show in the wood. The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) categorizes products into four grades. Learn about what each means below.
Bath and kitchen remodeling experts, including Home Remodeling Center, attest that clear wood has the least amount of character marks. If you want your floors to have a uniform appearance because of minimal character and color variations, go with this grade.
The product that earns this grade is usually made from the heartwood, which is the oldest and densest portion of the tree. Compared to sapwood, which is the part close to the bark, heartwood has a richer hue.
If you prefer to have floors with subtle color variations, choose wood for your bath and kitchen remodeling projects. Home Remodeling Center agrees that this grade accentuates several natural characteristics, including mineral streaks and knots.
Select wood is a combination of heartwood and sapwood. Despite the lack of aesthetic uniformity, the dissimilarities among flooring products under this grade may seem negligible or indistinguishable to the untrained eye.
Number 1 Common
This grade features a mix of evident light and dark colors. Wood labeled as this grade has a varied appearance, featuring different knots, mineral streaks and worm holes.
Number 2 Common
When the wood flooring products have unmistakable inconsistent marks and other visible qualities, they belong to this grade.
Again, grade is just one of the things to pay attention to when choosing the wood flooring solution for your bath or kitchen remodeling project. All grades are equally strong, so you need to dig deeper to select the right product.
To explore all of your flooring options and to get a free estimate, call Home Remodeling Center at (760) 410-6005 now. We proudly serve Carlsbad and several communities within San Diego, including Rancho Bernardo, CA.