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Wood Flooring Cuts:
The angle at which a board is cut makes big differences in how the finished product looks. Wood flooring is either plainsawn, quartersawn or riftsawn.

   Plainsawn is the most common cut. The board contains more variation than the other two cuts because figure patterns resulting from the growth rings are more conspicuous.
  Quartersawing produces less board feet per log than plainsawing and is therefore more expensive. Quartersawn wood twists and cups less and wears more evenly.
  Riftsawn is similar to quartersawing, but the cut is made at a slightly different angle.

Wood Flooring Edge styles:
The edge style is important in establishing the character of a floor. Choices are square and beveled.

Most engineered products have a square edge. A square edge means boards fit flush against each other for a smooth, traditional look. The floor becomes easier to keep clean.

A bevel edge, whether it "full" or "micro", creates an angled effect where boards meet, lending a hand crafted and more defined look. However, bevel edge requires thorough cleaning occasionally.