Yellow Birch Flooring

Yellow Birch flooring has characteristics of the Yellow Birch tree. The sapwood is creamy yellow to pale white. Heartwood is light reddish brown tinged with dark hues of red. Birch has a closed grain. Birch has fine even texture. Birch can have occasional curly or wavy grain. Birch can have a large variation in color. Birch is slightly less hard than red oak. Birch is more stable than oak. Yellow birch flooring is a traditional New England floor chosen for it’s durability and warm tones welcome during the long cold winter.

Grades

Select white yellow birch flooring

Boards are creamy yellow to pale white with variations in tones. No knots, checking. mineral streaking is allowed. A light floor. We select the lightest birch for this grade. Wide widths are not possible but what a nice floor.

Select conservation yellow birch flooring

Boards are clear with colors ranging from creamy yellow to reddish brown. Most of the tree is represented by this grade, knots and checking are not permitted. Called conservation by the Sampsons given that this grade is a very sustainable use of the tree. This grade can be considered less formal.

Natures Rustic yellow birch flooring

The whole tree finds new life in Sampson’s rustic grade. Knots, checking, small holes 1/4” in diameter or less and variations in color are allowed. Natures rustic floors are generally random width. Random width floors maximize the usability of every board rather than wasting some to meet specifications. A random width floor is very traditional in pre 1880 historic homes. When a rustic floor is received, the amount of lineal footage of each width is listed. From this the installation pattern can be determined. If help is needed just call. Natures Rustic is always sold with endmatching. The grade name, Natures rustic can be misleading, many formal homes have chosen this grade in addition to cottages, camps and commercial spaces.

Paul + Jula Sampson have forged strong relationships with loggers and mills to get lumber specifically suited to our custom grades. Our grades are unique.

Face Widths

3” select white quarter sawn
3” up to 4” select white
3” up to 9” select conservation
3” + 4” + 5” random mix natures rustic

Accent Strips

3/4” up to 2 1/2” available in both grades.

Thickness

25/32” (3/8” up to 1 1/2” are available)

Lengths

ranges available, birch usually averages between 5’ to 7’

Milling

Tongue and groove with back relief.
Endmatching option available.
Flooring can be ordered with endmatching (a tongue or groove at the end of board length). Rustic grade is endmatched.

Fun facts/traditional uses

bobbins, toys, dowels, toothpicks, turnings, flooring