When deciding which type of hardwood flooring to install in your house there are a great deal of different factors you need to consider. The fundamentals are the type of wood that you need to use and of course what type and color of stain to utilize. However, a less obvious, yet equally significant factor that often gets overlooked is what sort of cut or saw to use on the timber that you would like to install. By cutting or sawing wood from different angles or directions it is possible to change the orientation of the grain in the wood. Here are just three of the majority of popular wood cuts and how they differ. Hopefully this can make it easier for you to determine the cut you need for your home.


Most fundamental hardwood flooring nowadays are plain sawn. Typical features of the cut are personality markings and figure patterns which result from the yearly rings. Characteristic cathedral graining can be brought out from plain sawing. Plain sawn floors are normally available in wider widths than other kinds of cuts.


Quarter sawn flooring are found less frequently in houses nowadays, but nevertheless have a large following in homeowners that enjoy unique characteristics. This sort of cut pieces the timber perpendicular to the timber’s yearly growth rings in a 60-90 degree angle, which ends in a straight grain look. It almost resembles little tiger stripes.


Rift sawn boards are similar to quarter sawn, in the annual growth rings attest as straight grain as soon as they are cut. This means both rift and quarter sawn planks don’t show cathedral grain characteristics that are typical in plain sawn flooring. The finished product looks very uniform when installed as flooring. The big difference between both is that rift boards are cut in a more acute angle.

Telephone Northwood Floor Sanding today to help you decide what saw style of hardwood you ought to choose in your home. Call us in 020 8099 1760.

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