Unfinished Hardwood Flooring - Grade Outline

Grades of Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Unfinished hardwood flooring refers differs from the prefinished type in that it is finished on-site, after installation. This means that all the sanding and finishing work is done in the work area. A major drawback to this is that homeowners would have to contend with saw dust and some chemical odor.

Unfinished wood flooring is deemed by some to be classed as a more "traditional" type of wood floor. This option is slightly more expensive but there are many choices available regarding staining and finishes.

Grades of Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Unfinished hardwood flooring is classified into a number of different sub-headings or grades. These are outlined briefly below

1. Clear Class: These pieces are largely void of defects (such as knots, wormholes and stains) and originate from the heartwood.

Select Class: This type will keep any "natural features" that add character to the wood such as knots and hue changes.

2. Common Class One: Pieces of this variety have color dissimilarities and differing grain patterns. Unfinished hardwood flooring which contains prominent variations in coloration and varying grain patterns

3. Common Class Two: Differences in the product and production defects are what characterizes pieces in this class. Typically used in houses, functional areas and generally in places where a contrast is the aim of the game.

4. Unfinished Hardwood Flooring Grade One: the top surface is void of imperfections, but the natural colorations are left untouched. This is the best grade combining aesthetic appeal and robustness.

5. Grade Two: The natural features vary and pieces usually have color dissimilarities, and stained sapwood. Natural features that remain include: knots, checks and heavy streaking.

6. Grade Three: Largely unaltered containing the majority of natural imperfections typical of the source tree in question. The material is still workable and rigid.

What wood grade you decide on is a completely personal choice, but obviously the prices will vary significantly between grades. You must also be certain that you are prepared to deal with all the extra work (which is often messy and noisy) that occurs after installation. Not only that, but one also has to be prepared to clean up and remove all fine particles of sawdust. There are many contractors that will offer this service - saving you from having to get your hands dirty. For most the extra work is well worth it when the final result is unveiled.







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