People have been using hardwood floors for
hundreds of years — examples can be found in
some of the oldest castles and palaces in
Europe. In the era when those floors were laid, hardwood
floors were constructed by hand in every aspect,
from cutting down the lumber to applying the wax.
With the advent of hardwood floor manufacturing
machinery, however, an entire industry was born.
While installing, sanding and finishing a floor
remained a specialized skill, creating the floors themselves
was no longer a painstaking process. Around
the turn of the century, mills were established specifically
for the production of hardwood floors. Not long
after, the burgeoning wood flooring industry saw the
need to implement standards, or grades.