Character Grade Or Brown Oak Flooring?

14th Jan 2015 @ 18:03

Choosing the right grade for your environment can be difficult, especially the differentiation between certain grades. Two similar grades are the character grade and the brown oak flooring. So after you've managed to narrow it down to these, what are the differences?

Our character grade oak flooring acts as our most popular grade of oak flooring, suiting just about any environment. These boards are characterised by their knots of varying sizes (some of which may contain cracks or holes), shakes, fissures as well as areas of perfectly grained oak. The character grade can look great in older family homes and barn conversions, as well as the more contemporary environments.

Brown Oak Comparison

Our character grade flooring is available in our standard 20mm oak or as a 14mm board (we call it Legere). The character grade is also available in our engineered oak flooring range.

The brown oak flooring is equally available as a 20mm board (Manor House) and a 14mm board (Mansion). In terms of knots and shakes, the brown oak has a similar amount. The key difference is the patches of brown oak.


The brown oak appears when a naturally occurring fungus within the oak tree, causes discolouration of the timber. Once this oak has been milled, the resulting floor boards are left with deeply coloured areas of grain. This produces truly striking floorboards.

To really appreciate these grades, we always recommend that you come and see the oak flooring in person. If you would however like to discuss these grades further with us, please give us a call on 01538 304584.

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