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Yellow Birch Flooring
Grade: Select and Better
Although Birch flooring has many different looks (depending on how the lumber is sorted for color and grade), Select and Better Yellow Birch is a superior grade characterized by an absence of defects and the most uniformity in color.
Other Grades of Yellow Birch Wood Flooring:
Select and Better Yellow Birch Flooring Dimension Specifications:
Select and Better 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. Select and Better Yellow Birch flooring is found Unfinished or prefinished solid or engineered with a veneer top layer.
Select and Better 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:
Yellow Birch flooring has a light yellow appearance, with some boards having pink streaks. The Select and Better grade will not contain any knots, mineral streaks, or surface defects. Some boards may have a curly figuring appearance. 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:
Yellow Birch is durable and resists denting and traffic wear quite well. It is a stable wood in comparison to species like Yellow Pine.
Workability of Select and Better Yellow Birch Flooring:
Although a hardwood, 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 this grade 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 Select and Better Yellow Birch Flooring:
Because of its low price, Yellow Birch flooring is used in low-, medium-, and high-end residential applications for an elegant floor.