Q: What are quarter-sawn hardwood floors?
What does it mean if hardwood floors are quarter-sawn? I hear people talk about quarter-sawn oak floors a lot and I don't really know what that means. Thanks.
A: Quartersawn is the Most Preferred Type of Lumber Saw Cut
There are three types of saw cuts when referring to hardwood flooring: Plainsawn, Quartersawn, Riftsawn.
Quartersawn is more expensive than plainsawn, yet cheaper than riftsawn. It tends to be more stable meaning it will cup less often and will not split as frequently in seasonal weather changes. Quartersawn floors are most often than not found in narrower width boards. It also has a cleaner look with mostly vertical grain showing.
If you are a green minded individual than quartersawn and riftsawn flooring might not be an ideal fit because both tend to create more waste compared to plainsawn flooring. This waste is also one of the reasons it is more expensive.
Hope this helps Tom.
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