#3 Common Flooring
#3 Common flooring is a term used for wood that may have defects due to poor milling. This can mean that the wood has voids, tree bark edges, splits, missing tongues, or wind shake in the face. This may cause planks to not fit together properly, edges to not be square, or the surface may end up being uneven. The #3 Common flooring can have more knots, mineral streaks, and color variety. Some people will prefer these oddities in their flooring because it gives it a very rustic feel.
The reason you would want to choose #3 Common is you can get it at a low price without compromising quality. If you would like hardwood floors but are on a tight budget, #3 Common is a great alternative to the more expensive grades such as Clear Grade and Select Grade. There are some points you need to know when looking to use #3 Common for your flooring. First, locating #3 Common can be difficult. Most stores do not carry #3 Common, making it harder to acquire. Second, it is important to be prepared when purchasing #3 Common. Make sure to ask the distributor or manufacturer why the shipment has been given a #3 Common Grade. It can be because of natural imperfections, bad milling, or, in some cases, just a bad finish. Lastly, make sure to purchase about 10 percent more boards than you need to accommodate for boards that may not fit or unusable.
#3 Common Flooring is sometimes referred to as Value Grade, Factory Seconds, or Tavern. It is possible to find solid and engineered #3 Common flooring. If you would like a hardwood floor that has character or are on a low budget, #3 Common Flooring is a great alternative to more expensive hardwood flooring choices.