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Timber Grades and sustainable flooring

By Kevin G on March 29, 2014

With regards to wooden flooring there are various grades to choose from ensuring that you meet your desired look and that the graded flooring material matches its environment.

Prime oak wood grades consist of boards without any cracks, shakes or knots. Whilst Select grades, have occasional knots which may be filled or fillable. You would normally find there to be knots, splits and occasional sound hard sap within Standard grades of oak wooden flooring. The presents of sap and splits increases along with the diameter of knot size for wood grades of a Character or Rustic nature. Generally, there will be more colour and grain variation allowed in a Rustic and Extra Rustic Oak grades of wood.

 The two types of knots that occur in wood are known as live or dead. The latter results when the core has fallen or been removed and is therefore filled. Whilst the former does not generally contain filler and still has the core.

Kahrs, Pergo and Woodpecker are just a few of the manufacturers that Reactive Interiors source every type of and finish of wood from such as environmentally friendly cork flooring, a wide range of solid wood flooring, laminate floor planks and tile, engineered wood floors and bamboo flooring.

Based in a Swedish forest within the town of Nybro and formed in 1857, Kahrs is one of the oldest wood manufacturing companies who craft natural, beautiful and functional flooring products and accessories.  With the environment and sustainability in mind, Pergo who invented 1977 laminate flooring, have an approved environmental management system and achieved the official Nordic Ecolabel, Green Swan. Additionally, Pergo is deemed to be environmentally responsible as all of the wood used in Pergo’s PEFC certified products (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certificate Schemes) originate from renewable forests.

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