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Curly Birch Wood Flooring
Grade: #2 Common
Birch flooring has many different looks, depending on how the lumber is sorted for color and grade. Curly Birch flooring is figured wood that is separated from other Birch lumber for its wavy, three-dimensional grain.
Other Grades of Curly Birch Wood Flooring:
#2 Common Curly Birch Flooring Dimension Specifications:
#2 Common Curly Birch is custom-made only in a long plank, where 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 7″. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. #2 Common Curly Birch flooring is only found unfinished, but prefinished solid or engineered can be custom-made with a veneer top layer.
#2 Common Curly Birch flooring is normally made to order. Custom orders usually demand 2–3 weeks for production, depending on lumber availability. #2 Common Curly Birch is the scarcest of the three grades because the flooring is usually mixed into other Birch color sorts. Pre-milled standard 7-foot bundles are normally not a stock item.
Finished Floor Appearance:
#2 Common Curly Birch flooring has a pink and yellow wavy appearance, with the presence of large knots, worm holes, and other surface defects. Curly Birch 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:
#2 Common Curly Birch flooring is durable and resists denting and traffic wear quite well. Curly Birch is a stable wood in comparison to species like Yellow Pine.
Workability of #2 Common Curly Birch Flooring:
Although a hardwood, #2 Common Curly Birch 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 higher grades of flooring because the lengths of the boards are typically longer. Curly Birch 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.
Principal Uses of #2 Common Curly Birch Flooring:
Because of its high price, #2 Common Curly Birch flooring is used in medium- and high-end residential applications for an elegant floor. It is very popular with wood workers who appreciate the rarity and beauty of Curly Birch. It is popular in high-end camps and log homes as well.