Solid Wood Flooring Grain Options
As you select your 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 solid wood floor can make a big difference to the feel of a room.
Prime Grade Solid Wood Flooring
Prime grade solid wood 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 Solid Wood Flooring
Natural grade solid wood floors are a bit more relaxed, with fewer knots and variation than a rustic grade. There may be some streaks and 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 Solid Wood Flooring
Rustic grade solid wood floors have knots, streaks, colour variations, worm holes and grooves left in them which makes them laid back and natural. This is a great floor for a cosy country home. Any holes are filled with coloured wood filler to keep the floor surface smooth and flat.
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