This is a closed grain wood with more distinct grain patterns, more contrast and deeper color overall than Maple. Occasional curly or wavy grain patterns will appear in some boards. It is just slightly lower in hardness and stability than Red Oak, but makes a satisfactory floor. Installation is equivalent to hard Maple. It does not accept stain well, but its selection is usually based on its natural color variations. Birch trees are moderately available in northern American forests.
- 3/4″ thick, T&G, Kiln dried, End matching
- Available widths – 3″ – 12″
- Available lengths – random
- Hardness = 1260: 2% softer than red oak
- Price Range – $xx-$xx/sf
consistant grain pattern with very few natural characteristics such as knots and color variation
#1 Common Grade
middle of the road grade with fewer knots and a lower degree of color variation compared to a rustic grade, knots tend to be smaller.
high degree of natural characteristics including frequent knots, color variation and distinctive grain patterns