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CLEAR SELECT
#1 COMMON #2 COMMON
FIRST GRADE SECOND GRADE
THIRD GRADE

Appearance alone determines the grades of hardwood flooring, since all grades of hardwood flooring are equally strong and serviceable in any application. Oak for example, the most popular of the hardwoods, had four basic grades.

 

CLEAR

Species

Description

 

Ash
Oak

 

Flooring that is practically free of defects and made up of mostly heartwood is known as "Clear" though it may still contain minor imperfections.

 

SELECT

Species

Description

 

Ash
American Cherry
American Walnut
Brazilian Cherry
Mahogany
Oak

 

"Select" is almost clear but this grade contains more of the natural characteristics such as knots and color variations.

 

#1 COMMON

Species

Description

 

Ash
Oak

 

Flooring which contains prominent variations in coloration and varying grain patterns.

 

#2 COMMON

Species

Description

 

Ash
Oak

 

May contain variations of the product and manufacturing imperfections. This grade is suitable for homes and general utility use, or where character marks and contrasting appearance is desired.

 

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FIRST GRADE

Species

Description

 

Beech
Birch
Maple

 

Has the face practically free of defects, but the natural color of the wood should not be considered a defect. The highest standard grade, combining appearance & durability.

 

SECOND GRADE

Species

Description

 

Beech
Birch
Maple

 

A floor with varying wood characteristics and colors to include distinct color variations, numerous Streaks, stained Sapwood, sound Knots and Checks.

 

THIRD GRADE

Species

Description

 

Beech
Birch
Maple

 

May contain all the defects of every character common to the species. The wood is firm and serviceable.

 

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