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Curly Birch Wood Flooring
Grade: Select and Better
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:
Select and Better Curly Birch Flooring Dimension Specifications:
Select Curly Birch is only custom-made in a long plank. 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 7″. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. Curly Birch flooring is only found unfinished, but prefinished solid or engineered can be custom-made with a veneer top layer.
Select and Better Curly Birch flooring is normally made to order. Custom orders usually demand 2–3 weeks for production, depending on lumber availability. Pre-milled standard 7-foot bundles are normally not a stock item.
Finished Floor Appearance:
Select and Better Curly Birch flooring has a pink and yellow wavy appearance, without the presence of knots and 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:
Select and Better 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 Select and Better Curly Birch Flooring:
Although a hardwood, Select 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 Select and Better Curly Birch Flooring:
Because of its high price, Select 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.