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The finest grade for wood is the classic grade it has the smallest colour difference , the straightest grains and the least number of knots. Character grade wood has more variation in colour and in texture , a wilder grain and some surface checks. Knots are up to 30mm in diameter and in hardwood. version they are typically filled . Rustic Grade wood has even more articulated . features then Character graded wood and can include cracks and black knots. All rustic graded features are filled in prior to sealing but usually could use a bit more sanding.
Colour and texture of the wood is not the only thing that influences the look of your floor. Patterns have a great influence on looks and can integrate the shape of the room. The 3 main patterns are: narrow strips, wide planks, and parquet squares. Narrow strips are the most common one to find in wood flooring and as some patterns such as a specific parquet square do not come in all wood type maybe this should have been the starting point of your selection.
As with any wooden product you want to make sure it is sourced sustainable so examining the label and checking what the label really says is a good routine to get into, not just for flooring. This counts especially when it comes to hardwood as still sizeable bits of hardwood are still unlabelled because they are not grown responsible or even worse they just have some label stuck on it without any meaning.
In surface texture you have many options to choose from, such as: Brushed, Hand scraped Distressed, Stained, Smoked, and Carbonised. Some surface type seems to stick to a particular type of wood. For instance scraped is one of the most common types in oak flooring and it all comes down to your liking. When you would prefer a wooden floor to be darker choosing a other surface method but sticking to the same type of wood might be an possibility to think about.
You also want to consider to what environment the floor will be exposed. Is it a high traffic area , like that of a work floor , or will it be in subjected to water such as the kitchen or bathroom . Yes there are floors suitable for rather wet areas you just need to pick a floor that can manage it and make sure it is installed by a professional .
While you check the label it might also be a good thing to ask for the variations in the warranty per wooden floor supplier . Warranties usually only cover fabricating errors and then you will notice. there is not much to go wrong with solid flooring. Engineered wood flooring on the other hand is a sophisticated gluing process where manufacturing mistakes can be made by basic things like lack of pressure during the bonding process or with cheaper floors not pressurized long enough.
Wood is split up in a couple of grades to help to distinguish the aesthetic variation among each piece of wood. The key three grades are: Classic, Character and Rustic. Timbers with a large colour difference will have the colour added to its grade. For instance Classic Olive Ash .