Factory Seconds from Manufacturers like Bruce, Armstrong/Hartco, Robbins, Columbia, Anderson, Appalachian, Virginia Vintage, Shaw Hardwood, and more!
If you are considering purchasing hardwood flooring from any or the brand name manufacturers mentioned above, you may want to consider purchasing there factory seconds, which are simply "off-goods" that didn't pass inspection before packaging at the factory. These "off-goods" are referred to as "Cabin Grade" in the pre-finished wood flooring industry.
The most common reason for why a particular manufacturer may label a particular flooring product as "Factory Seconds" or "Off-Goods" is the presence of Natural Character Markings in the Hardwood's Surface such as small knots, streaking, and color/grain variation.
Other imperfections are less common, and make up only a small fraction of the imperfections. These less-likely imperfections include:
It is important to realize that only a very small portion of this flooring is labeled as factory seconds due to milling and finishing imperfections, and that the most noticeable imperfection is simply more naturally occuring character in the hardwood itself than would be found in the comparable 1st Quality product. We have recommended only a 10% waste factor for these Cabin Grade products for years, and have never had a case where a customer needed more than 10% overage to complete a job.
Image above shows Bruce Lock & Fold - Factory Seconds in the color Gunstock.
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Select a manufacturer below to view product collections available. Currently, this section of our website is under construction, and only the Bruce Hardwood products have been uploaded to our site. For other brands, or for Bruce products not seen here, please call us to request a quote, as we have a very wide range of factory seconds available from the 21 name brand wood flooring manufacturers that we deal with for both 1st and 2nd quality material.
Flooring comes in a few grades. The lowest is tavern grade, or character grade, and this is often sold separately as factory seconds. Tavern grade flooring often comes from the outer part of the tree, but flooring is mainly classified as this by not meeting inspection standards by the manufacturer. In this case, the “character” aspect comes into play, as the wood often has slight imperfections like knots or grain variations that give it a bit of character. In general, a combination of small knots, streaking, and color or grain variations typically give hardwood a character or tavern grade. In our store, this type of flooring includes both solid and engineered options.
Factory seconds include off-grade domestic woods by Bruce, Robbins, and Armstrong. Hartco, the tavern grade brand by Armstrong, is devoted entirely to this type of flooring. Our selection of character grade wood varies, however. While we stock tavern grade flooring by each of these manufacturers, species vary based upon what doesn’t pass inspection. All three offer cabin grade engineered hardwood flooring, and Bruce has a similar factory seconds line for solid domestic woods. If you’re considering cabin grade flooring for your home or business, check to see what we have in stock at the time.
Another aspect to consider when purchasing cabin or tavern grade hardwood flooring is the amount you’ll need. As all tavern grade hardwood won’t pass inspection, some pieces might not be suitable for installation due to too many imperfections. To have enough for your floor, the amount you would need ordinarily should be increased by ten percent, just in case certain pieces aren’t sufficient enough. As far as price is concerned, tavern grade is typically sold less than ordinary wholesale hardwood flooring and, even with an additional ten percent, the amount you’ll save on hardwood flooring is still more with cabin or tavern grade.
Although we try extremely hard to provide photographs that accurately depict our many flooring products, the colors shown may vary in color from the actual flooring. This is due to different computer monitor settings that you may be viewing our website on, image quality, transfer quality etc. Our pictures are only meant to help guide you with your color choices as you make your very important flooring decision.
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