Asheville Hardwood Center NC Hardwood Flooring  
types of hardwood flooring
  Choosing the right grade of wood can be confusing for you, the customer. Should you go with a #1 Red Oak or a #2?  Plain Sawn or Quarter Sawn? The characteristics of different wood species and flooring grades vary so much that it is often frustrating choosing the right wood for your project. Here is an explanation of different grades, as well as some photo examples of the different species and grades. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or come in and visit our showroom. We’d be happy to assist you.

Most wood flooring grades deal with the appearance of the floor rather than the quality. A #1 is not necessarily better than a #2, but they do look different. In this sense, much of the decision is dependent on personal preferences, not what quality you are looking for. Higher grades of flooring often have longer boards than lower grades, just as a lower grade may have a more “rustic” appearance than a higher. The important thing to remember is that all grades will perform equally well, but to be sure you are not disappointed with the appearance of your floor, it is vital that you see examples of the different grades. This way you can be sure that your new floor meets your expectations.

Click on the links below for more information and photos of each type of wood.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at 800-417-WOOD, email us, or use our online request form.