Australian Standards - Timber Grading For Timber Flooring

Flooring is graded during manufacture to Australian Standards resulting in Select, Standard, Feature and Cover grade. Grading is simply a sorting process based on a set of rules that permits specific features up to a certain size and number.

Through the assessment of individual boards an overall appearance for a floor is achieved. floor with more features are not of lower quality. The drying and machining requirements are the same irrespective of the grade. It is simply a matter of personal taste.

Grading Descriptions

Select Grade Timber Flooring AS 2796

Select Grade is a subtle feature grade of timber flooring which provides a limited variation in natural characteristics. The features that are present are relatively small and few in number. Irrespective of the species although visible do not dominate the appearance of the floor. It has been carefully graded, floorboard by floorboard to ensure that it meets strict quality standards. It has a sleek uniform look that is well suited to modern, minimalist and traditional styles. This will have the least number of natural features such as pin holes and gum veins.

Standard Grade Timber Flooring AS 2796

This grade contains boards that may be moderately featured. Where gum veins are more prevalent in a species, considerably more character is provided to the floor and may look quite dominant in light coloured species. Species in this grade with less gum vein may appear more lightly featured due to smaller features being prevalent such as those from previous borer activity. Standard Grade is distinguished by highlighting selective gum veins, spirals, burls, insect trails and other natural variations that give timber floors a unique character as individual as a signature. This grade is a visual chronicle of forest history including bush fires, floods, drought, insect travels and the natural variations that appear in the grain of Australian native hardwoods. Standard grade is carefully graded to include the most interesting variations and distinctive timber marking to enhance the looks of a timber with a moderate amount of natural features.

Feature Grade  AS2796

Feature Grade features a high level of natural characteristics. In many respects this grade can look similar to Standard Grade but with the features a little more frequent and dominant. This grade offers a unique rustic aged appearance with extenuated natural features including gum vein, knots, face checking and insect travels.

Prestige Grade

Combines the features of Select Grade and Standard grade to provide a floor with more character than a Select Grade Floor.

Rustic Grade

Fully featured to provide an old world charm. It may contain features that are more prominent than Feature Grade but with the structural integrity of a Feature Grade Floor.

Cover / Industrial Grade

May contain more than the allowable number of natural features. A number of manufacturing defects may also be present. Please contact Mountain Timber Products to discuss availability of species and grade combinations.

 

Timber flooring is one of the world’s most beautif...
Environmental Awareness

Related Posts

23 February 2014
Timber Flooring Blog
Timber flooring is one of the world’s most beautiful, warm and interesting floor coverings and is truly timeless. It is also a real investment in your home.  Research shows that any home with tim...
22469 hits
22 February 2014
Timber Flooring Blog
Timber flooring is a kiln dried product. Kiln drying does not mean that timber flooring will not experience shrinkage or expansion in its width. What it actually means is that kiln dried timber has be...
23802 hits
23 February 2014
Timber Flooring Blog
Masterfloors Timber Flooring is committed to our forests, our community and our future. What we do know is that many people do not have the full story about native hardwood timber production in Austra...
31557 hits