What is The Difference Between Barn and Character Grade Oak Flooring?

23rd Dec 2013 @ 16:18

In a previous blog post, we took a look at what exactly what were the key differences between prime grade and select grade solid oak flooring. Further to these, two other grades we have available are the barn grade and the character grade. These effectively are the opposite end of the spectrum to the prime and select, for those looking for boards with that extra bit of character.

The barn grade is quite literally the "roughest" of the grades available. This means these boards are full of a high number of knots, burrs, colour streaks, shakes, cracks and also holes. This grade of oak flooring can also often appear to be darker than the other grades. This is simply because of the increased number of knots and burrs. The barn grade is the ideal grade for those looking for maximum character from their oak floor. Unlike with other grades, where "cleaner" pieces of oak need to be sourced, the barn grade is often much easier to acquire, hence the lower price.

Barn and Character Grade

Our character grade oak flooring is effectively the next grade up from the barn grade. This grade is slightly cleaner with its occasional knots of varying size, colour variations and perhaps the odd hairline shake. This grade is often seen as the perfect floor for just about any area. Whether this be a barn conversion or a modern home.

Once finished with a hard wax oil finish, the character of both of these grades is only increased. As with all our grades we do recommend that they are seen in person, to be truly appreciated. If you would like to discuss these grades with us further, you can do so by giving us a call on 01538 304584.

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