Wood Grades Explained
We are here to tell you that the qualitative differences amongst many of our products can be miniscule. Grades can have nothing to do with the quality of the wood. Grades of wood describe color variation only. The higher the grade of wood, the more uniform the color and the longer the lengths. Less of the tree is used for higher grades, making it more expensive. Lower grades feature more characteristics like knots and mineral streaks in shorter lengths.
Many of our customers focus on getting the inspired LOOK they want. Imagine your ultimate room with its own unique floor. We have exciting options and impressive top finishes. We use the same janka scale (see below) to rate hardness as everyone else in the industry, to explain and compare the hardness of woods. Woods will have a janka scale range between 500 and 2,500, but never buy based on the hardness alone.
Maple is harder than Oak.
A room 1/2 installed with Maple and 1/2 installed with Oak.
Drop a can (or steel ball used in testing) on both; both would dent.
You would need a microscope to determine which product dented more so you should never base such a big decision on this one detail. In addition, though maple is harder than oak, the dent would be 10 times more visible on maple than oak. Why? Oak has many natural hiding characteristics with its grain definition; whereas, Maple has a very subtle grain and very little texture. A dent or scratch etc. will be more visible on Maple. We have to tell you, there are no ways to mask these inevitable life occurrences but avoiding dark stains & choosing lower sheen levels can help.( the higher gloss you choose, the more maintenance your floor will be, and the more it'll show its injuries).
Focusing on your personal style first makes the flooring decisions a lot more fun to make!