Value Grade Flooring
At least one of two factors can get hardwood labeled as "value grade flooring": appearance or milling. Value grade flooring has certain advantages, specifically the price. Sold 50-percent lower than standard-grade hardwood, value wood flooring is often $0.89 to $1.19 per square foot.
Finding value grade flooring, however, is a difficult task, as most retailers do not carry it. Even at distributors like Hurst Hardwoods, the selection of value grade flooring varies. Dependent on what or what does not meet a manufacturer's standards, a monthly list is issued from a mill of which species and types of hardwood are being sold as value grade. Popular lines of value grade flooring include The Timberland Collection™ by Bruce Hardwoods and Robbins and Hartco products by Armstrong.
When it comes to appearance, value grade flooring is dotted by knots and mineral streaks and has noticeable color variation, including greens and black. Other variations include splits, checks, and windshake in the face of the hardwood.
Poor milling, however, can get hardwood sold as factory seconds, and such flooring is difficult to install. Voids on bottoms, tree bark edges, missing tongues, or irregular edges may make boards not fit together, or they can result in an uneven floor surface.