What is End Grain Flooring?


End Grain Flooring

If you’re looking for an unusual way to make your custom wood flooring stand out, you can’t go wrong with end grain flooring. In this post, we’ll take a look at this special type of wood, learn who makes end grain flooring, and discover whether this is the right option for your flooring project.


What is End Grain Flooring?

As the name implies, end grain comes from the ends of standard building materials like two-by-fours and pieces of lumber. Instead of cutting the timber across its length, woodworkers cut it at an angle, exposing the grain. These end pieces are crafted into flat wooden tiles or blocks with their grain “faces” showing.

You’ve probably seen end grain wood in a butcher block. In most cases, the woodworker takes the chopped blocks and glues them together with the face grain on top. This creates a tough surface that can take all the chopping, scratching and scrubbing that most butcher blocks go through, and it also explains the unusual grain patterns you’ll see on those blocks.

End grain flooring stands out from other types because of its distinctive grain patterns. No two pieces look alike and when they’re laid together you get a truly spectacular display of wood variations.

Durable Beauty

The special techniques used to cut and shape end grain wood give it an unmatched durability. In the past, it was used as flooring in commercial buildings and factories. End grain tiles were once used for street paving, which gives you an indication of how tough they are.

That tough exterior isn’t the only thing that’s valuable about end grain flooring, though. Many people value the look of the exposed grain, which varies from wood piece to wood piece, and shows an unpredictable series of swirls, patterns and color variations.


A Look You’ll Love

One look at a classic end grain floor and you’ll understand why this style has endured. End grain wood has dark, distinctive markings that stand out from other wood cuts. If the wood is reclaimed, it may also show colors and tones from the varnishes and stains that were used on it.

Cochran’s artisans can create a stunning end grain floor with our heritage woods and our custom finishing techniques. At Cochran’s, we believe that your floors should reflect the best of American woods and American traditions. Our hand-sawn pine, cherry, oak, maple or hickory are all great choices for end grain wood.

Is End Grain a Good Choice for Custom Wood Flooring?

Yes, because it’s incredibly durable and visually unique. Using tiles instead of planks also means you can choose different layouts for your floor, from a straight wood-block look to a herringbone or other pattern.

Installing an end-grain floor is not the same as installing other types of wood flooring. It takes patience and careful craftsmanship to lay the tiles properly and to preserve the patterns.

At Cochran’s, we can give you expert guidance on selecting and installing an end grain floor that will be a gorgeous focal point in your home, whether it’s for a small foyer or an entire level.


Who Makes End Grain Flooring?

Floors made of end grain are fairly common in old industrial buildings. If you’re not looking for reclaimed wood, Cochran’s expert millwrights can craft beautiful, character-rich blocks out of any wood you choose.

Anyone can sell you a pile of lumber and cut it into flooring planks. At Cochran’s, we craft floors that are tailored to your taste, your style and your dreams of what your home should be.

We invite you to call us or visit our showroom today. We’ll help you choose a floor that will bring you a lifetime of joy.




Cochran’s Lumber and Millwork is proud to be the leading provider of spectacular floors for homes, offices, and retail spaces across America! Our newly redesigned showroom was thoughtfully designed to make the selection of flooring and finishes exciting and simple. We feature a variety of new and reclaimed flooring products and many new and unique finishes.

We are proud to offer an inviting space where customers can come and get a clear visual of the many types of hardwood flooring options that we offer, and feel comfortable at the same time.

Visit our showroom today in historic Berryville, VA (only 50 miles west of Washington D.C) or give us a call at 1(877) 297-8331.