Grades & Properties of Wood Flooring —
Quarter Sawn Ash Flooring
Quarter Sawn Ash is very stable and used in radiant heat applications.
Quarter Sawn Ash Flooring Dimension Specifications:
Quarter Sawn Ash is usually custom-made in long plank form. With a long plank, the lengths and widths are made specifically to each project's specifications. The longest lengths can be from 10 to 14 feet, and the widths can be from 2¼″ up to 4 or 5 inches. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. Quarter Sawn Ash is only found Unfinished. Prefinished solid or engineered with a veneer top layer is available by custom order only.
Quarter Sawn American Ash flooring is only available by custom order. Custom orders usually demand 2-3 weeks for production, depending on lumber availability. Pre-milled standard 7-foot bundles are almost never a stock item.
Finished Floor Appearance:
Quarter Sawn Ash flooring has a light yellow to dark tan appearance. Most of the time it is only found in Select grade, but Rustic is sometimes available. The vertical grain produces a tight-grained striped appearance. Some boards may have a curly appearance. Ash is not sensitive to sunlight and will not darken considerably with an oil-based finish. Also, water-based finishes can be applied to slow any color change.
Flooring Durability and Stability:
Quarter Sawn Ash is durable and resists denting and traffic wear quite well. Quartered Ash is more stable than Plain Sawn Ash.
Workability of Quarter Sawn Ash Flooring:
Although a hardwood, Quarter Sawn Ash flooring works with little difficulty with both hand and power tools. When installing the flooring, it is best to use a manual nailer, but staples and pneumatic nailers work well. Installation is quicker with this grade of flooring because the lengths of the boards are typically longer. Ash holds screws well, and it glues, stains, and polishes to a very attractive finish. It is relatively easy to sand with flooring equipment, but professional sanding and finishing is recommended. Ash accepts stain quite well, which can alter the appearance of the floor drastically if desired.
Principal Uses of Quarter Sawn Ash Flooring:
Because of its high price, Quarter Sawn Ash flooring is used in high-end residential applications for an elegant floor. Quartered Ash flooring is used frequently on radiant heat because of its stability.
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