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Red Birch Wood Flooring
Grade: #2 Common
Although Birch flooring has many different looks (depending on how the lumber is sorted for color and grade), #2 Common Red Birch has a pink appearance and contains some knots, mineral streaks, and surface defects.
Other Grades of Red Birch Wood Flooring:
#2 Common Red Birch Flooring Dimension Specifications:
#2 Common Red Birch flooring is available in standard 7-foot bundles or can be 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 or 8 inches. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation.
#2 Common Red Birch flooring is readily available. Custom orders usually demand 2–3 weeks for production, depending on lumber availability. Pre-milled standard 7-foot bundles are normally a stock item.
Finished Floor Appearance:
#2 Common Red Birch flooring has a pink appearance with a very small amount of color variation. It will contain large knots, mineral streaks, and surface defects. Some boards may have a curly appearance. Red 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. Red Birch is a good alternative to Cherry when there is a concern for darkening of the floor.
Flooring Durability and Stability:
#2 Common Red Birch flooring is durable and resists denting and traffic wear quite well; this is a stable wood in comparison to species like Yellow Pine.
Workability of #2 Common Red Birch Flooring:
Although a hardwood, #2 Common Red 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. Red 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 Red Birch Flooring:
Because of its price, #2 Common Red Birch flooring is used in medium- and high-end residential applications for an elegant floor. It is popular in rustic camps as well as in log homes.