Getting the right Hardwood Flooring Grade
When deciding which look one would like to achieve, the grade of the hardwood flooring selected will have a major effect on the overall look of the space. It’s often overlooked, but is a critical component of pulling together the vision you have for your space. Typically hardwood comes in 3 different grades, every supplier has a name to identify these grades that varies but the premise is still the same; authentic, distinctions, and select and better. Mercier uses this exact terminology to identify the different grades they offer, Lauzon uses a system that is similar, they’ve both made it easy to identify and understand which grade will be most appropriate for your space.
Hardwood grades that look as close to cutting down a tree and creating logs as it gets, is a quick way to describe an authentic graded piece of hardwood. There is no major selection process that occurs, the boards will typically contain all the natural occurrences that is associated with hardwood; filled knots, mineral streaks, checks, and more pronounced variation in appearance, from board to board. Authentic is great for spaces that are centered on created a worn look or rustic quality, like cabin or cottage styled interiors. The above image is a photo of Lauzon’s grade entitled country, which I would please somewhere between Authentic and Distinctions.