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Yellow Birch Flooring
Grade: #2 Common
Although Birch flooring has many different looks (depending on how the lumber is sorted for color and grade), #2 Common Yellow Birch will contain some large knots, mineral streaks, and other surface defects.
Other Grades of Yellow Birch Wood Flooring:
#2 Common Yellow Birch Flooring Dimension Specifications:
#2 Common Yellow Birch flooring is available in standard 7-foot bundles or can be custom-made 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 or 8 inches. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. #2 Common Yellow Birch flooring is found unfinished or prefinished solid or engineered with a veneer top layer.
#2 Common Yellow 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 Yellow Birch flooring has a light-yellow appearance, with some boards having pink streaks. It will also contain large knots, mineral streaks, and surface defects. Yellow Birch is not sensitive to sunlight and will not darken significantly with an oil-based finish. Water-based finishes can be applied to slow any color change.
Flooring Durability and Stability:
#2 Common Yellow Birch is durable and resists denting and traffic wear quite well. Yellow Birch is a stable wood in comparison to species like Yellow Pine.
Workability of #2 Common Yellow Birch Flooring:
Although a hardwood, #2 Common Yellow 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. The wood 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 Yellow Birch Flooring:
Because of its low price, #2 Common Yellow Birch flooring is used in low-, medium-, and high-end residential applications for an elegant floor. It works well in rustic camps and log homes.