Premium – This grade shows all the modern clean, clear attributes of the very best hardwood, with minimal color and grain variations. During the production process the Premium grade is selected by eliminating boards with character or darker heartwood, producing a grade that shows only an occasional mineral streak or pin knot. These minor streaks and knots are minimized to ensure the quality you expect with a premium floor.
Coastal – Our Coastal grade provides a great option for those looking for intriguing color contrasts, character, natural mineral streaks, and varying grain patterns. Coastal grade is often chosen just to provide diversity in the appearance of the hardwood floor. It’s also a very popular grade for those wanting to pull colors together in a room, from the walls through the furniture and floor coverings. The varying colors and grain patterns found in each hardwood species are brought to life in this proprietary Maine Traditions grade.
Antique – The Antique grade is reserved for the species with the most spectacular color and grain appearance – American Cherry. Unique to Maine Traditions, our Antique grade is produced by using the entire run of lumber, combining our Premium and Coastal grades together in each carton. This blending of grades allows the true flavor of the hardwood to come out, with very rich color and grain contrast.
Natural – Utilizing the entire run of Hickory, we produce this grade to promote better length. Natural Grade exhibits some color variation, with solid character. Natural Grade shows the true character, color, and graining patterns of the Hickory species. Includes all clear sapwood, developing heartwood, a few solid knots up to ½”, with voids up to ¼” filled.
Live Sawn – The live-Sawn method incorporates all of the natural character of the tree from which it was cut – showcasing the full spectrum of red oak’s color and grain variations, including knots, checks, pith and intriguing mineral streaks.