About Birch Wood Flooring
Of all the quality domestic hardwoods, Birch would probably be the lowest in price. This is its most redeeming feature. A beautiful wood to look at and work with, and sold at a reasonable price.
All birch has a fine and uniform texture, closed pored and no significant odor. Birch dries with a fair amount of shrinkage, which means it loses almost 16% of its volume going from green to dry lumber and does like to warp and twist if enough weight is not applied to the green lumber as it air dries.
Once dried it is stable. It is not resistant to decay, fungal and insect attack. Spalting is very common.
- Grades: Select, Character
- Widths: Up to 12″
- Lengths: Up to 12′
- Cuts: Plain Sawn
- End-matched: Up to 12″
- FSC Certified
- Available in engineered wood and solid wood.
What is the difference between Character, Select and Premium grade?
Character grade, or natural grade, wood contains more knots, and variations in the wood grain. Rather than a perfectly straight grain that is closely matched in the flooring, you get more of a mishmash of grains, interruptions of the natural flow from knots and other disturbances. This doesn’t take away from the wood integrity by any means. Check out this great example of character grade wood flooring on Houzz.
Premium grade wood contains very even grain patterns, and similar characteristics of the flow throughout the flooring. These patterns create a very gentle difference in the floor. This is often the highest quality and more desirable style. Check out this example of premium grade flooring from Houzz.
Select grade flooring is a combination of Premium and Character grades. You’ll get minimal knots, and much less variation in wood grain patterns. This is the most common style of flooring you’ll find.
Check out our other types of hardwood and wide plank flooring.
What is spalting?
Spalting is discoloration in the wood from fungi. This is generally desirable patterns that are not reproducible.
What does End-matched mean?
End-matched means that all sides of the wood have a tongue or groove cut into it. This creates a pattern that lets the installation go faster, and also keeps your floor tightly connected after installation. You won’t have any nails on the surface of the floor, and the floor itself becomes like one solid piece of wood that moves together throughout the seasons.