Select and Better is the highest grade of hardwood. It has uniform grain texture, mild color variations are produced by differences in natural heartwood and sapwood. The face may contain unlimited sound sapwood and occasional small burls. Light brown streaks may not extend over the entire length of piece. Occasional non-contrasting restored knots (5mm or smaller) are admitted on planks stained in dark colors as long as they do not stand out against the floor surface.
The face of a plank may contain unlimited sound sapwood. Small burls, light brown streaks, restored knots up to 20mm, and other insignificant defects. Surface color variation is very prominent. Knots are barely discernible. Traditional is a tasteful floorng grade where prominent variation is expected.