Traditional prefinished solid hardwood flooring has a smooth looking face compared to handscraped, brushed, or distressed looking prefinished hardwoods. The latter products have been made popular due to the authentic rustic look they provide the room. However, many customers still prefer the traditional or smooth look offered by traditional hardwoods.
Traditional solid wood floors can be refinished as many times as you want. This means that it is an excellent option, if you want something that will endure for several decades.
Solid wood floors are generally unsuitable for installations that are below grade(Basement). This is because too much residual moisture and excessive humidity can cause warping, which would be disastrous. If you live in a place with high humidity and you lack climate control in your house, you should be aware that this could lead to cupping in solid hardwood floors.
There are many different tree species available in hardwood flooring. The species we offer are Red Oak, White Oak, Hickory, Hard Maple, and Maple. And many different stains available for each of these species. From Natural to Dark Stains and everything in between.
In addition, there are many different grades available in hardwood flooring. A mistake a customer makes many times is to assume the less expensive grades are inferior products and not 1st quality goods. This is incorrect.
Hardwood grades are based on appearance of the board from viewing it overhead. The closer to the trunk in a tree the more valuable it becomes due to showing no knots in the boards. This then becomes a supply/demand issue. There is less wood available the closer you go to the trunk to get the best looking boards without any knots. Some manufactures refer to this grade as Select or Clear grade.
The further you cut from the trunk, the more knots that will show up. This is referred to as Number #1 or Cabin grade hardwoods depending on the manufacture. They are not inferior products compared to Select/Clear grade. They are 1st-quality products and will perform just as good as Select/Clear grade regardless of the foot traffic.
Another consideration is average length of the boards. Select/Clear grades offer the same length or overall longer average length. Grades below Select/Clear will on average be shorter due to many defects cut out of the board by the grader resulting in a first quality board but a lower grade.
Our cabin grades are random lengths ranging from 12" to 48" length boards. Many customers prefer this look due to the authenticity it offers. Our ancestors installed hardwood flooring this way.
This brings up the second challange when purchasing hardwood flooring. The standards are not standardize in the flooring industry. One sawmills cabin grade may almost look as good as another sawmills grade of select grade. Especially if a dark stain is used. The following link explains our grading process.