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Updated: Mar 26, 2022

grades of hardwood flooring

Grades of hardwood flooring - I have wanted to do this article for a long time, but as we all know sometimes time is not enough, finally, it is time to talk about a topic that seems extremely important when selecting your new hardwood floor,

My process when I serve my clients is to get to the bottom and find out what their tastes really are, one question I always asked is what grade would you like to see on your hardwood floor?

And this is when I realized that many people do not understand what the grade of wood means and how important it is when choosing a wood floor since we can select the same color in 3 different grades and the final result is totally different.

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So Let's understand the grades of hardwood flooring!

Each grade has its own characteristics in appearance, the grade is a way to qualify the appearance of the wood, the grading scales is a measure of the natural characteristics of the wood, eg, color variation, marks, presence of knots, open cracks, mineral streaks, sapwood, etc.

Each wood flooring brand puts its own name to its grades. The most common grades are Prime, Rustic A, Rustic A/B, and Rustic. All these grades have the same durability and the marks they have are not imperfections, it is completely natural, prices change drastically from one grade to another, fewer marks cost more since less wood from the tree is used, placing Prime grade the most expensive and Rustic grade is the most economical since it has more knots, color variation, cracks, etc.

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Different grades of hardwood flooring

Like everything in life, the grades of wood are a matter of taste or a particular design style, some people prefer a floor that is uniform in color, that does not have knots, others prefer that charm of wood that has knots, holes, variety of color, as there are also people in between who like a little of everything in moderation.


Prime: the cleanest grade of hardwood flooring

I call this grade the cleanest since it has practically no knots or if it does have them they are very small, it has no cracks or open holes.


Rustic A: Fairly clean grade of hardwood flooring

This grade is fairly clean but not free of knots, no sapwood, cracks, or open holes.


Rustic A/B: the hardwood flooring grade with unlimited knots

This grade has unlimited knots, some color variation, no cracks or sapwood.