OUR WOOD FLOOR GRADES EXPLAINED

Wood grades indicate the natural appearance of the wood and are graded according to features such as knots, sap, and colour variations.

There are six key timber grades to consider: prime, select, nature, character, rustic, and genuine reclaimed.

Each Ted Todd and Woodworks engineered, or solid wood floor has a grading which has been defined according to the appearance.

Make sure you compare like-for-like to understand which works best for your specifications as there are significant differences in the grades, from extremely clean prime boards to more characterful rustic ones, which offer a different look and feel.

In this guide, we will explain the differences of each grade.

So, what are the different wood floor grades

and their characteristics?

PRIME GRADE

Allows a small number of knots and black pin knots, usually up to 10mm and 5mm respectively. Minimal amount of sapwood defects and filler. There will be a relatively small amount of colour variation in the timber itself.

SELECT GRADE

A mix of prime and cleaner Nature grade boards, most planks will be sap free. Closed heartwood up to 55mm x 6mm, and irregular grain allowed. Knots up to 50mm with a limited amount of checks and end splits.

Nature Grade Oak Boards

NATURE GRADE

Nature grade will include both heartwood and sapwood which is up to 30% of the board and has a wider range of colour variation. Closed heartwood up to 55mm x 6mm and irregular grain allowed. Knots up to 50mm, checks and end splits may feature. Filler will be used and will complement the wood.

RUSTIC GRADE

A heavier grade than Nature which allows a virtually limitless size and number of knots. Both sound and broken knots, heartwood and colour variation throughout boards allowed. No minimum of sapwood and filler; you should also expect end splits. Filler will be used and will complement the wood.

CHARACTER GRADE

Nature grade will include both heartwood and sapwood which is up to 30% of the board and has a wider range of colour variation. Closed heartwood up to 55mm x 6mm and irregular grain allowed. Knots up to 50mm, checks and end splits may feature. Filler will be used and will complement the wood.

GENUINE RECLAIMED

Allows for a virtually limitless size and number of knots, checks, colour variation and may contain sap. Character features can include nail holes, restoration features and weather cracks. Filler will be used and will complement the wood.

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A FLOORING EXAMPLE OF OUR 6 GRADES