This page brings together and highlights a lot of the best selling Character Grade hardwood flooring collections offered. Simply scroll down and click on any manufacturer that you would like more information on.
Character Grade hardwood flooring is perfect for country homes and homeowners looking for a unique alternative to very clean looking traditional floors. The floors listed below may feature darker grain patterns, worm holes, large to medium sized knots and other natural properties. These floors are 1st quality (unless otherwise stated) and the quality is the same as a Clear or Select and Better grade, it's simply a rustic visual.
This Lauzon Red Oak Country is an in-stock special 3/4 IN.x 3-1/4 IN. solid hardwood floor. It is offered with a 25 Year Residential Finish Warranty and a Lifetime Structural Warranty. It can be nailed down or stapled down, on or above grade. It features color variation from board to board, darker oak grain patterns and medium to large knots. Price is good only while supplies last. Samples available to order on product details page.
The Somerset Character Collection is available both in an engineered construction as well as a solid construction. Included in this collection are more rustic grades of Black Walnut, Hickory, White Oak and Maple in naturals and a variety of popular stain colors.
A lot of homeowners love Somerset because it's an American brand and every single product they make is manufactured here in the USA.
Additionally, Somerset uses an Aluminum Oxide Finish on this Character Collection, making their hardwood flooring a lot more durable than a site finished floor. They offer a 50 Year Residential Finish Warranty with this collection.
Owens is another American flooring company and all of their products are made here in the U.S. They are known in the industry for their premium quality and precise milling. They offer both prefinished and unfinished engineered floors in a huge variety of wood species.
Owens offers a Select & Better Grade, which is the clearest, but they also offer grades with more character and color variation. These more rustic grades include: Maple #2 & Better, Hickory #1 & Better, Hickory Character, Red Oak #1 & Common/Character and White Oak #1 Common/Character.
All these wood species are available in both prefinished or unfinished and in a myriad of plank widths.
Owens also offers a lot of customization options.
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MooseWood Millworks is yet another American company, using raw materials imported from Canada to create beautiful solid hardwood flooring in their Maine hardwood flooring mill. Product offerings include both Maple and Birch wood species and they offer a few different grade levels. The Antique Grade is available in the Maple wood species and includes mineral streaks, sound knots and other filled and finished imperfections for a more natural appearance.
This grade does not allow for any splits, holes or voids, but average board lengths could run shorter than with the MooseWood Clear Grade.
Mont Royal is a Canadian mill and their Rustic Grade has a lot more character in it than most others. This is a #2 Common Grade and you're going to find a lot of shorter boards (the average is about 16 IN.). There will be extreme color variation and natural imperfections like knot holes, mineral streaking, pin holes, etc. If you go with this rustic collection from Mont Royal, we recommend adding at least 10% as a waste factor so you can be more choosy with which pieces you use in the floor and which pieces have too much character for your project.
The Kahrs Bayside Collection is a 1-strip click locking plank, about 7-1/2 IN. wide and full of natural character. In addition to the rustic grain patterns, filled knots and intentional cracking, Kahrs also has a wirebrushed texture on this floor, which really accentuates the authenticity of the natural character.
Homeowners love Kahrs products because they click together for an easy installation, especially if you're planning on installing yourself. Kahrs is a Swedish company and, through extensive R&D, they are constantly improving click lock technology. This is reflected by the superior quality of their click locking collections.
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