Birch Creek Millwork – Wood Grades
What does “Grade” mean when purchasing wood?
When hardwood is milled into individual boards, it is graded (or divided) into different categories based on how much character each board has. “Character” refers to the size and quantity of knots, mineral streaks and other natural imperfections that give each board a unique look. The grades available at Birch Creek Millwork are:
Birch Creek Millwork’s “Alpine Original” grade has high character, with larger knots, clusters of smaller knots and mineral streaks that add rustic character and natural variation to your floor. Alpine Original grade has higher availability, lower cost / sq.ft. and allows for longer board lengths than our other grades.
Birch Creek Millwork’s “Alpine Plus” grade has medium character, with fewer knots, knot clusters and other variations between boards than our Alpine Original grade.
Birch Creek Millwork’s “Alpine Select” grade has less character. Boards will be generally free of knots and mineral streaks, leaving only thumbtack sized knots (or smaller) that are left in to preserve board length. Alpine select floors tend to have higher costs and shorter board lengths than our other grades.