Flooring is graded during manufacture to Australian Standards resulting in a Select, Standard & Feature grade.
Select Grade: Very Clean in its appearance. The least number of natural features such as pin holes and gum veins.
Standard Grade: Contains a small number of natural features that give you the natural look that only real timber can provide.
Feature Grade: The maximum allowable number of natural features. This floor contains more natural features than standard grade and will give a rustic appearance.
It is important to realize that grading rules do not cover either colour or colour variation, but do significantly influence the appearance, with some grades including more of the character of the trees history with larger gum veins, knots and other features present. In other grades the cleaner natural lines and figure of the timber will dominant with fewer and smaller features present. When deciding on a timber grade ensure that you consider the following:-
It is therefore important to realize that the overall colour or blend of colour in a floor is dependent on the species or species mix chosen and that the character of the floor, in terms of the features present, such as gum veins, is determined by the grade. If choosing an alternative species from the one originally considered, not only will the overall colour differ but the predominating type of feature may also change. It is important to work closely with your supplier and installer so that they can be clear about look that you desire.