Engineered Flooring Grain Options
As you select your engineered flooring you will notice that there are a variety of different grains (also called grades) available. The grain is based upon the type, location and number of defects found in a board. The grain of the wood you choose for your floor can make a big difference to the feel of a room.
Prime Grade Engineered Flooring
Prime grade engineered flooring has a steady, regular grain without much colour variation. It only has a few, tiny knots and no checks (cracks across the growth rings). This grade is mostly clear resulting in a fairly consistent appearance in the floor.
Natural Grade Engineered Flooring
Natural grade engineered flooring is a bit more relaxed, with a few knots and some colour variation. There may be a couple of checks or rays (ribbons extending vertically through the tree) in the boards and swirling patterns in the grain. This floor suits a wide range of homes. Any holes are filled with coloured wood filler to keep the floor surface smooth and flat.
Rustic Grade Engineered Flooring
Knots, streaks, colour variations, worm holes and grooves are left in rustic grade engineered floors which makes them laid back and natural. This is the most popular grain available and is great for a cosy country home. Any holes are filled with coloured wood filler to keep the floor surface smooth and flat.
Character Grade Engineered Flooring
Character grade engineered floors contains all the lively wood characteristics that occur in any hardwood floor, such as large colour variation, frequent knots, heavy mineral streaks, checks, worm holes, large grain burls and figuring.
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