What Is Tavern Grade Wood Flooring?


When deciding to install hardwood flooring in your home or business, the amount of choices can leave you puzzled, especially if you're searching online or looking through a catalog. Tavern grade wood flooring is a description that also comes with its own smaller classifications. If you're looking for a more rustic and natural feel when installing hardwood flooring, tavern grade may be a viable option.


  • Tavern grade wood flooring is produced from the outer edge of a tree log. This sets it apart from different classifications of wood because, while the inner core of the log is known for its quality and lack of imperfections, the outer edge is likely to display many unique characteristics.


  • Since tavern grade wood flooring is produced from the outer edge of a tree log it often possesses many imperfections, such as knots, worm holes, and color variations. It appears as a more natural representation in texture to wood you see before it goes through any engineering process. Even with its more rugged appearance, the quality of the wood as far as its structural capacity remains on par with other types of hardwood.


  • There are further categories and descriptions used to differentiate types of tavern grade wood flooring. Also referred to as cabin grade, the categories depend on the type of tree being used, as well as the amount of imperfections that are present on the wood itself. There are also some types of engineered wood that combine tavern grade with other higher quality alternatives.


  • Compared to all of the other types of hardwood flooring, tavern grade is the most economical. Due to its lower price and general imperfections found in the wood, most retailers typically do not offer a warranty for its purchase. Prices vary depending on the type of wood and specific quality, but typically can be found for as low as half off the comparative inner-log piece per square foot.


  • Cabin grade flooring can be used in any setting from your home to your business. It is recommended that you purchase a sample box before you decide to go forward with any project to make sure that it meets your standards for installation. Many retail stores do not carry tavern grade flooring and because of that, you may be limited to ordering from a catalog or website.

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