The grade of a wood floor represents its appearance. Since each plank is unique, we have classified them according to their variations in color and the character marks that are naturally present in the wood flooring. The choice of grade is, in fact, a matter of appearance. 

Prestige

Red OakHard MapleYellow Birch

Most color consistent grade, small mineral streaks and character marks permitted, small pin knots permitted.

# Red Oak
# Hard Maple
# Yellow Birch

Excel

HickoryRed OakHard MapleYellow Birch

Sapwood and heartwood mixed grade, unlimited mineral streaks and character marks permitted, limited sound or patched knots permitted. The average length of planks is better than those of the Advantage grade.

# Hickory
# Red Oak
# Hard Maple
# Yellow Birch



White Oak

Sapwood and heartwood mixed grade, plainsawn boards predominantly and some Rift and Quartered boards, unlimited mineral streaks and character marks permitted, limited sound and patched knots permitted.

# White Oak

Advantage

Red OakHard Maple

Sapwood and heartwood mixed grade, unlimited mineral streaks and character marks permitted, limited sound or patched knots permitted.

# Red Oak
# Hard Maple

Rift & Quarter Excel

White Oak

Sapwood and heartwood mixed grade, Rift & Quartered boards predominantly, unlimited mineral streaks and character marks permitted, limited sound and patched knots permitted.

# White Oak

Live Sawn Character

White Oak

Grade prized for its natural color variation and heavy character. Every floor done in this grade will have a unique appearance.. Classic grain will be predominant and vertical grain is accepted. Unlimited mineral streaks, chracters marks, ray flecks, cracks and splits are permitted, as are sound, patched and open knots.

# White Oak
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Sawing Methods

Plain Sawn

Plain sawing or flat sawing is the usual method employed in transforming logs into lumber destined for the production of hardwood floors. The wood cut yields the distinctive arch pattern in the grain. 

Rift & Quarter Sawn

Rift sawing and Quarter sawing (only available with our White Oak products) produce a vertical or parallel grain pattern on the board face. This method yields magnificent tiger stripe patterns on the surface of the wood.