Wide Plank Hardwood
Wide plank flooring is a home trend that brings comfort, charm, and long-lasting durability to homes. Wide plank flooring didn’t show up in homes this year though; it originally began in old houses as a structural feature. Today, wide plank floors are not an architectural feature, but instead, a unique, captivating floor choice. At Barb-Lin Carpet One Floor & Home, we are your local hardwood expert and can help you find the wide plank floor you have always dreamed of.
Wide Plank Characteristics
The most obvious distinguishing feature of wide plank hardwood is that it is typically five inches or wider. Wide plank hardwood can most commonly be seen in five, seven, or nine inch planks, but it is also available in planks that are twelve inches wide or more. Wider planks mean fewer seams in the floor, creating the illusion of spacious, airy rooms. Wide plank trends continue to be seen in farmhouse, modern, and bohemian design schemes, all of which can be altered and updated at any time with décor that feels personal.
Hardwood floors are susceptible to changes in weather and rising levels of humidity, and wide plank hardwood is no different. We recommend hiring a professional installer to keep wide plank hardwood looking flawless. If the planks are installed incorrectly, issues like buckling and cupping can occur, especially because wide plank is solid hardwood and must be treated differently than other flooring types. As far as installation, wide plank floors can take less time because they cover more area at one time. Rather than moving to the next row after only three inches, wide plank flooring moves every five to seven inches. Depending on the floor, however, wide plank flooring may take time to acclimate in your home which can add to the amount of time needed for the overall install.