Grade describes the wood's natural appearance and manufacturer quality. It's important to understand what different grades mean before you start shopping for a floor.
Select and better grades are uniform in color, without any defects in the natural grain of the wood.
Clear grade has very few flaws or character marks with only minor imperfections
Traditional or character grade has more pronounced color variations with more character marks within the wood, creating a rustic, rough-hewn feel
No. 1 common grade has light to dark color variations, as well as some knots and holes.
No. 2 common grade has visible character marks such as knots, holes, and color variations