about our flooring
Welcome to Sun Mountain wide plank hardwood flooring! We know you're here because you seek the natural beauty and warmth that only a hardwood floor can provide. We understand the attraction. Our floors are inviting, durable and timeless—the very essence of quality living. Here are a few things that make our flooring unique:
- True wide plank, up to 12" wide (on selected wood species)
- Both solid wood and the highest quality engineered products available
- Custom made in the U.S.A.
- Direct sales from the factory to the trade or homeowner—no middle man
- Short lead times—normally just 4 to 6 weeks from order to delivery
- Factory pre-finishing options—custom color matching and the highest quality six-sided UV-cured finishes available.
- Available turn-key installation
- Personalized service
Please enjoy learning about our outstanding craftsmanship and exquisite product line. Select Design Your Custom Flooring to browse our extensive flooring options, and click "Get An Estimate" at any time to receive a free estimate based on your selections. If you don't find what you're looking for, click the "Don't See What You Like?" button and we'll assist in designing a custom floor that is uniquely yours.
Sun Mountain Wide Plank Hardwood Floors are made in the U.S.A. We offer both solid wood and engineered flooring. Our lumber is sourced only from responsibly managed forests. Sun Mountain is a proud member of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA).
Sun Mountain's solid wood flooring is recommended for at or above grade applications only. Solid wood floors are not recommended for "direct glue to concrete" or radiant heat sub-floor applications. Standard features of our solid wood products include:
- 3/4" thickness
- End-matched tongue and groove
- Widths up to 8" (on selected species)
Sun Mountain's engineered flooring is strongly recommended for below grade applications (i.e. high moisture content in basements). Engineered floors are also strongly recommended for "direct glue to concrete" applications and installations over radiant heat sub-floors. Advantages of our engineered flooring include less shrink and expansion related to moisture than solid wood—reducing warping, cupping and cracking, and widths greater than 8" (up to 12" on selected species). Standard features of our engineered products include:
- 15mm thick (approximately 9/16") core material—11-ply alternating grain laminate material, glued with Exterior Grade, Class 3 glue
- 4mm thick (>1/8") wear layer veneer (can be sanded and refinished twice)
- Two-piece material (core, plus wear layer veneer) approximately 3/4" thick, on all widths from 3" to 8"
- Three-piece material (core, plus wear layer veneer, plus mill-option bottom veneer) approximately 7/8" thick, on all widths greater than 8"
- Core and veneer construction tested by submersion in water for 48 hours, with no delamination!
- End-matched tongue and groove
- Widths up to 12" (on selected species)
Sun Mountain offers an industry leading warranty.
Sun Mountain's Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring is available in a variety of widths. Solid wood flooring is available in widths up to 8" (on selected species, grades and cuts). Engineered flooring is available in widths up to 12" (on selected species, grades and cuts). Our most popular widths are:
- Random placement of 3" 5" and 7" widths
- Random placement of 4" 6" and 8" widths
- Random placement of 6" 7" and 8" widths
- Random placement of 6" 8" and 10" widths
- Random placement of 8" 10" and 12" widths
If you don't see the specific width or random width pattern you desire, we are happy to manufacture to your unique specifications.
Sun Mountain offers Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring in a variety of the most popular wood species, lumber grades and cuts of lumber. An explanation of each of these follows:
Sun Mountain manufactures flooring in the following traditional and exotic wood species (click on the wood species below to learn more).
Binomial Name: Quercus alba
A dense hardwood with a white to cream to light brown color. The grains of White Oak tend to be longer than Red Oak, which makes the species prized for contruction of "Mission" style furniture and woodwork. White Oak is very durable, exhibits high shock resistance and finishes well.
If you don't see the specific wood species you desire, we are happy to source your desired species.
Most hardwood lumber in the United States and Canada is graded according to rules established by the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA). NHLA grading is based on the size and number of clear "cuttings" that can be obtained from a board when it is cut up and used for various products such as furniture or flooring. The higher grades require wider and longer cuttings of clear wood (limited or no knots) than the lower grades. In most situations, lower grades are a more economical choice than the higher grades. Sun Mountain offers two grades of lumber we summarize as "Rustic" (generally considered a lower grade of lumber, characterized by rustic knots and grain variations) and "Select" (considered a higher grade, mostly clear of knots). A description of these grades is as follows:
In layman's terms, Sun Mountain's "Rustic" grade lumber is characterized by random knots in size, quantity and location, including split knots, and all color variations of natural heartwood and sapwood—presenting a mountain rustic look and feel. Officially called "No. 1 Common," the minimum beginning "cutting" size required to measure this grade is a board of 4' length, with a minimum width of 3". From this beginning board, a cutting size of either 4" x 2' or 3" x 3' is taken. This "cutting" is then reviewed and must be 66-2/3% clear, or free of knots, cracks, wane, etc. to qualify for the grade.
In layman's terms, Sun Mountain's "Select" grade is characterized by a generally clear appearance, but allows minimal small knots and pinworm holes and all color variations of natural heartwood and sapwood. Officially called "FAS" grade (First and Seconds—the best and most expense grade of lumber available). FAS grade is occasionally combined by Sun Mountain with "F1F" grade (First and Seconds grade on only one side). This combination of FAS and F1F is sometimes called "Selects and Better." The minimum beginning "cutting" size required to measure this grade is a board of 8' length, with a minimum width of 6". From this beginning board, a cutting size of either 4" x 5' or 3" x 7' is taken. This "cutting" is then reviewed and must be 83-1/3% "clear", or free of knots, cracks, wane, etc. to qualify for the grade.
In addition to Rustic and Select grades, Sun Mountain offers a number of "reclaimed" lumber options. This lumber is taken from old buildings, barns, granaries, etc., de-nailed and then manufactured into beautiful antique flooring featuring knots, insect scarring, nail holes, saw-tooth etchings, flecks of barn paint and areas of weathered patina. Sun Mountain offers the following species of Reclaimed lumber (others available on request):
Antique White Oak, Reclaimed
Antique White Oak is lumber reclaimed from old buildings and re-milled into wide-plank flooring. Replicating the look of traditional colonial flooring, this product offers the superior strength and stability of old-growth wood without the environmental cost. Antique White Oak's rustic features include knots, insect scarring, nail holes, and areas of weathered patina.
- Antique White Oak, Reclaimed
- Granary Oak, Reclaimed
- Antique Chestnut, Reclaimed
- Antique Heart Pine, Reclaimed
Sun Mountain offers two cuts of lumber—"Flat Cut" and "Rift and Quartered." A description of these cuts is as follows:
The Flat Cut, sometimes called "Plain Sawn," is the most common method of sawing logs. This method provides the widest boards and least waste and is, therefore, the most economical. The Flat Cut is obtained by making the first saw cut on a tangent to the circumference of the log and the remaining cuts parallel to the first. Flat Cut limber is easily recognized by it cathedral (or gothic arch) effect on the face of the board, with wide grains patterns and end grain with semi-circles.
Rift and Quartered
Quarter Cut lumber is produced by first quartering the log and then sawing it perpendicular to the growth rings. All of the boards are thus cut of radial grain, the with growth rings positioned at between 60° and 90° angles to the face of the board. This Quarter-sawn cut splits the medullary ray of the wood, causing a beautiful plumed or flared appearance referred to as "rays" or "flecks," often appearing shiny or reflective.
The Rift Cut is similar to the Quarter Cut, but with the angle of the cut changed slightly so that fewer saw cuts are parallel to the medullary rays, which are responsible for the flake effect. This positions the growth rings between 30° and 60° angles to the face of the board. The Rift Cut accentuates the vertical grain and minimizes the flake common in the Quarter Cut. Rift Cut lumber produces an almost straight grain with practically no flake figure.
Rift and Quartered Lumber provides the following benefits:
- Reduced shrink or expansion in width (ideal for high traffic flooring areas)
- Reduced twisting, warping and cupping
- Reduced wear, with no surface check or split
- A superior finishing surface
Sun Mountain offers the highest quality factory pre-finishes for your flooring. Factory pre-finishes include a 6-sided Ultra-Violet (UV) cured top coat, with a ceramic component for added durability.
Sun Mountain will custom color match to your desired stain. We can even provide a "French Bleed" addition to your custom stain—a glazing technique used to highlight edge detail and texturing to enhance the antique appearance of the wood. Please note that all factory pre-finishes require edge detailing (i.e. no square edge flooring).
Sun Mountain offers a variety of hand-planed and hand-scraped texturing options, to create the look and feel of antique wood. Our texturing options include:
Heavy Texture with Tear Out
Sometimes described as "hand scraped" distressing. The wood is deeply and inconsistently scraped, with the scraping tools heavily catching and tearing the grain and knots of the wood, creating deep "chatter." This results in the pleasing appearance of maturity and heavy wear.
Do you desire the beatury and warmth of natural hardwoods for your stairway? Sun Mountain can provide the following stair parts to complete your vision:
Since these items are complex to measure and estimate, please contact us directly to obtain an estimate for these items.
Sun Mountain offers turn-key installation, providing a worry-free experience for your new flooring purchase. Our extensive product warranty includes coverage for Sun Mountain provided installation (click here to review our Flooring Warranty).