Hardwood Flooring Grading Standards

At The Fantastic Floor, we offer a wide range of solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and luxury vinyls and laminates. Whether you are searching for a specific species, such as American Cherry or Tigerwood, or have a particular flooring brand in mind, we’re here to help. Our goal is to offer the best-quality affordable hardwood flooring on the market because you shouldn’t have to pay high prices to get the floors of your dreams.

We believe an informed customer is a happy one. Therefore, we strive to explain our hardwood flooring options in as clear terms as possible. A major element of understanding your flooring choice is choosing the right grading for your needs.

Grading Specifications for Solid Wood Flooring

Clear

Mostly heartwood with a minimum number of character marks and discoloration, providing a uniform appearance while allowing for all heartwood natural color variations. Bundled 1-7’ Minimum Average is 3.5' / Bundled 2-10’ Minimum Average is 4.0’.

Select & Better

Mostly heartwood with a minimum number of character marks and discoloration that provides a uniform appearance while allowing for natural color variations. Bundled 1-7’ Minimum Average is 3.0’ / Bundled 2-10’ Minimum Average is 3.5’.

#1 Common

Contains prominent variations in coloration and varying characters such as knots mineral and small checks. Bundled 1-7’ Minimum Average is 2.5’ / Bundled 2-10’ Minimum Average is 3.0’.

#2 Common

May contain sound natural variations of the forest product and manufacturing imperfections. The purpose is to furnish a solution for a utility use floor. Will have drastic color variation and large knots. Bundled 1-7’ Minimum Average is 2.0’ / Bundled 2-10’ Minimum Average is 2.5’.

Character Grade

Contains Select, #1, #2 grades. Will have drastic color variation and large knots. Bundled 1-7’ Minimum Average is 2.0’ / Bundled 2-10’ Minimum Average is 2.5’.

General Information & Disclaimer

Grading specifications may be different when noted on sales order and or invoice. Material is sold as nested bundles with a mix of lengths. Full-length boards of 7’ or 10’ boards are NOT guaranteed. Fantastic Floor cannot guarantee a particular mix of specific lengths, only that the average length will comply with the grading specifications as indicated below or according to NWFA or NOFMA standards.

There are no NWFA grading rules in relation to Engineered flooring at this time. Each mill or manufacturer has its own guidelines and the buyer is highly encouraged to request this information prior to purchase.

Grading rules are subject to change without notice. Please request specific information concerning the products on your order prior to final confirmation.

Get Started With Fantastic Floor

Not every application requires the highest-grade wood. We want to help you find the right species and grade of wood for your needs. If you have any questions about grading or anything else flooring related, contact us. If you are ready to place your order, call us at (888) 448-9663, we are happy to assist you in any way we can.

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