What Is the Difference Between Plain Sawn, Rift Sawn, Quarter Sawn and Livesawn Grain?

Wood flooring begins life as a log.  That log enters a sawmill and is sawn according to the grain pattern of the board desired.  And the grain pattern on the face of the board is determined by the orientation of the growth rings (as viewed from the butt end of … Continue reading Read more »

Red Oak vs White Oak Flooring

What you need to know when choosing between Red Oak and White Oak hardwood flooring While Oak is the most popular species of hardwood flooring, there are many species and sub species of Oak in the world. As far as Hardwood Flooring is concerned, however, there are only two: Red … Continue reading Read more »

Appearance of Wood Floors

All wood flooring is “appearance graded”, meaning visual features of the planks affect the grade – features such as color variations, grain variations, knots and other character markings such as pitch pockets, worm holes, mineral streaks and occasionally, hairline cracks.  All grades are equally strong and serviceable, but each affords … Continue reading Read more »

Environmental Benefits of Wood Floors

Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable flooring material available. Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest wood without any serious impact on the environment, because trees are a renewable resource that can be replaced time and time again. Environmental facts about wood floors: Average annual net growth for … Continue reading Read more »

Wood Floor Finishes

When choosing the right type of finish for your wood floors, consider your lifestyle and maintenance preferences. All wood floors will require routine maintenance, such as sweeping, vacuuming or dust mopping, to keep them looking beautiful and new, but different wood flooring finishes will have a big impact on how … Continue reading Read more »

Styles of Wood Floors

There are three styles of wood floors available on the market today: strip, plank, and parquet. Each style is available in a variety of species, grades and widths, so choosing the right style is simply a matter of which look you prefer. Strip flooring ranges from 1-½” to 3 1/4” wide, … Continue reading Read more »