Timber Flooring Grades And Janka Ratings
Solid Timber Grades
All timber grading is done visually by qualified graders at the timber mill. Graders are looking for machining quality, the size and number of features in the timber flooring, and any flaws. Graders do not grade on colour. Timber is a natural product and there is always colour variation.
They are also checking for dimensional correctness
Timber flooring is normally separated into different grades at the machining stage. There have traditionally been three main grades; Select Grade, Standard Grade and Feature Grade. However most suppliers are now moving to a two grade model, where select and standard are combined into a single grade commonly known as Standard and better, Prime or Prestige grade. The Feature grade remains the same
It is important to note that there are lower grades such as Utility Grade and Cover Grade, these grades are the reject materials from the other grades and can have major defects so we don’t sell the these and most suppliers send them to the auctions and not to reputable timber merchants.
When choosing the grade of your timber flooring it is important to understand these grades to ensure that you are getting what you pay for. Connollys adheres strictly to the industry standards as set out below.