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What is Tavern Grade Flooring?

Tavern is a label applied to a flooring construction that was more likely to be seen in the rough and tumble environment of a pub; not a place you put your best presentation forth, given its exposure to heavy, harsh traffic. It serves a purpose and it is a great value in that point of view.

Tavern-grade flooring is also called cabin grade, is the least expensive grade of hardwood flooring available. It is a term given to pieces of wood taken from better-quality grades. Tavern-grade hardwood planks are irregular with planks typically shorter than other grades; some boards as short as 24 inches. Tavern-grade hardwood planks are produced from the outer edge of the tree trunk.

It is at the inner core of a tree that the wood is prized for its quality and lack of imperfections. The closer you move to the outer edge, the more flaws and unique characteristics begin to show. It's not uncommon to have to throw away some tavern-grade boards because the amount of knots or cracks makes them unusable. This throw away is is called waste, and the buyer needs to pay attention to the stated amount of waste in a lot they are considering for purchase. On a positive note, the irregularities can be regarded as a sought after look.

According to the National Wood Flooring Association, there are four grading groups of flooring:

  • Clear: A mostly heartwood flooring product that allows all the natural heartwood color variations with minimal character marks and limited color variation. This combination features the infinitely variable grain patterns with the minimal distraction from character marks and color variation.
  • Select: Contains all the variations in coloration produced by the contrasting differences of heartwood and sapwood. Also included are minimal character marks, such as small knots, worm holes, and mineral streaks, as well as slightly open characters. The combination creates a floor where the light sapwood and dark heartwood are combined with small characters and other small color interruptions.
  • No 1. Common: A flooring product characterized by prominent color variation that also contains prominent characters (with size limits) such as knots, open checks, worm holes, along with machining and drying variations. No. 1 Common is a tasteful floor where prominent variation is expected.
  • No 2. Common: Contains sound natural and manufacturing variations including knot holes, open worm holes, and other open characters along with prominent color variations. Manufacturing variations include drying characters and machining irregularities. No. 2 Common is most desirable for applications where numerous notable character marks and prominent color contrast is desired.:

What You're Getting

These products below lie more in the No. 1 Common group. We recommend you get a sample kit of this floor and look for yourself. Our premium samples kits are an excellent way to view the product in your home on your schedule.

  Natural Rustic Oak Tavern

Natural Rustic Oak Tavern

2.99/SqFt.

Rustic Yellow Birch Tavern

Rustic Yellow Birch Tavern

3.49/SqFt.

Lt Nat Hard Maple Tavern

Lt Nat Hard Maple Tavern

3.49/SqFt.

SKU PDIHW002 PDIHW004 PDIHW005
Manufacturer Products Direct Private Label Products Direct Private Label Products Direct Private Label
Brand Name Private Label Private Label Private Label
Product Collection Private Label Hardwoods Private Label Hardwoods Private Label Hardwoods
Short Description Tavern Grade, Rustic Oak Hardwood Flooring Tavern Grade, Light Natural, Yellow Birch Hardwood Flooring Tavern Grade, Light Natural, Hard Maple Hardwood Flooring
Surface Texture N/A N/A N/A
Dimensions Random x 4-1/4" x 3/4" Random x 4-1/4" x 3/4" Random x 4-1/4" x 3/4"
Installation Method Nail Nail Nail
Length Random Random Random
Quality Economy: No. 2 Common Good: No. 1 Common Economy: No. 2 Common
Warranty No warranty available, Request a premium sample kit to get representative sample. No warranty available, Request a premium sample kit to get representative sample. No warranty available, Request a premium sample kit to get representative sample.
Comparison Notes Additional comparison notes not available. Additional comparison notes not available. Additional comparison notes not available.
Mindful Shopper Label N/A N/A N/A
 

Beauty is the Eyes of the Beholder

Tavern-grade wood flooring is full of flaws, but some homeowners prize it because of these imperfections. The many flaws, such as color variations, burls, streaks, knots and worm holes, give tavern-grade flooring a rough or rugged appearance - like an old English country pub. Some boards may show torn grains, burns or splits as well, which give the look of a warm well-loved room.

Easy on the Budget

These products come from an internationally nationally recognized North American manufacturer of hardwood floors. These are limited lots so you will need to act quickly before they are gone! Tavern grade typically is the most economical grade of hardwood flooring. This floor is priced to be beautiful and easy on the wallet.

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