Additional Documents & Resources

Available Prefinished Stain Colors

Maine Traditions offers a wide variety of stain options for our hardwood flooring products. 

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LEED Certification, FSC Information

Information about how our products are manufactured to meet LEED certification standards using Green and FSC Certified wood products.

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Classic Collection Installation Guide

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Comprehensive Care Guide

Maintain your hardwood floor to retain its beauty and value by following the simple steps in our care guide.

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Prefinished Hardwood Moldings

Maine Traditions offers moldings in a variety of stains and finishes to complement all of our flooring products. If you have questions about moldings please ask your flooring retailer or refer to the link below.

Flooring Grades

Prefinished Grades

Premium – This grade shows all the modern clean, clear attributes of the very best hardwood, with minimal color and grain variations.  During the production process the Premium grade is selected by eliminating boards with character or darker heartwood, producing a grade that shows only an occasional mineral streak or pin knot. These minor streaks and knots are minimized to ensure the quality you expect with a premium floor.

Coastal – Our Coastal grade provides a great option for those looking for intriguing color contrasts, character, natural mineral streaks, and varying grain patterns. Coastal grade is often chosen just to provide diversity in the appearance of the hardwood floor.  It’s also a very popular grade for those wanting to pull colors together in a room, from the walls through the furniture and floor coverings. The varying colors and grain patterns found in each hardwood species are brought to life in this proprietary Maine Traditions grade.

Antique – The Antique grade is reserved for the species with the most spectacular color and grain appearance – Red Birch and American Cherry.  Unique to Maine Traditions, our Antique grade is produced by using the entire run of lumber, combining our Premium and Coastal grades together in each carton.  This blending of grades allows the true flavor of the hardwood to come out, with very rich color and grain contrast.

Natural – Utilizing the entire run of Hickory, we produce this grade to promote better length. Natural Grade exhibits some color variation, with solid character.  Natural Grade shows the true character, color, and graining patterns of the Hickory species.  Includes all clear sapwood, developing heartwood, a few solid knots up to ½", with voids up to ¼" filled.

Exclusive - A rich grade that allows moderate color variation, ideally suited for our stylish 5" wide Tree-Loc engineered “click” flooring (Red Oak or Hard Maple).  Sound or cosmetically enhanced knots up to 3⁄16" in diameter are acceptable. Mineral streaks no more than six inches in length are occasionally found in this grade.

Live Sawn – The live-Sawn method incorporates all of the natural character of the tree from which it was cut – showcasing the full spectrum of red oak’s color and grain variations, including knots, checks, pith and intriguing mineral streaks. 

Unfinished Grades

Select & Better – Our Select & Better grade unfinished flooring features clear sapwood, with only slight variations in color, consistent grain. Select & Better grade allows for a few solid pin knots 1/16 inch or smaller, occasional mineral streaks not to exceed three inches in length. Bark streaks are not acceptable. 

2nd Grade / #1 Common – Our 2nd or, #1 Common grade Red Oak, Hard Maple, and Yellow Birch is produced to promote character, but maintain quality. Developing heartwood and color variations throughout, slight sticker stain color variations allowed, solid knots up to 1/2" (not on edges of boards), solid mineral streaks allowed, slight surface checks allowed as long as they can be touched up during the normal smoothing process of the floor when laid. Rot, splits, and deep checks are not allowed.

Selected – Selected grade is a true combination of 1st and 2nd grades, utilized only in specialty species such as American Cherry or Red Birch. Instead of pulling individual grades from these species we do a true Selected run of lumber within grade. Combining 1st & 2nd grade produces a unique floor with both the quality of clear and the uniqueness of character.