Select is a grading term in the flooring industry that differentiate the quality, length & appearance of products.
SELECT and Better
ALTERNATE GRADE NAME(S): •
Also referred to as Clear or First Grade
SUMMARY: Select Grade flooring contains natural characteristics such as small knots and minor color variations produced by differences in natural heartwood and sapwood; however, has a more uniform color and longer average plank length compared to Natural grade flooring products.
DETAILED: Specific characteristics of Select grade products will vary by wood species; however, typically include such things as: slight imperfections in milling; slight variations in face-work which can be readily removed by an ordinary method of sanding; occasional small, tight pin knots or small pin holes; burls; and a reasonable amount of slightly open checks. Select grade pre-finished flooring will have a plank face that is practically free of most finishing defects including debris, skips, streaks, blisters, chipping, or scratches. When assembled, Select grade flooring should not exhibit gaps exceeding 0.025”or end/side over-wood (e.g. height variation between adjacent boards) exceeding 0.020”.
NOTE: This grade description is intended only to provide general characteristics of the identified wood grade, and is not all-inclusive. Specific wood characteristics and acceptance criteria may vary by wood species. A 5% allowance per box is established for pieces exhibiting one or more milling, grading, or finishing defects.
Answered on 1/13/2015 by cc-2