When Colonialist were first settling America, their homes often featured wide-plank hardwood floors as trees had grown so large in diameter in this undeveloped part of the world. Our minds can quickly envision these floors in century old houses but what about in homes today? Wide-plank hardwood offers old time charm while still staying current with today’s trends. It is elegant and visually pleasing making it a focal point in any home.
How Wide Are We Talking?
Any wood species can be used to make wide-plank flooring as long as the mill has the availability and resources. Generally, wide-plank hardwoods are 5 inches wide. In comparison, strip flooring ranges from 2 ¼ inches to 3 ¼ inches. Homeowners find their happy medium in 4 inch planks although this is still recognized as strip flooring. Clients can custom order anything wider than 5 inches. Wide-plank flooring ranges from 6 to 10 inches in width but can be as wide as 24 inches. Wide-plank hardwoods add a special charm that you might not get with strip flooring.
With this charm and character, wide-plank hardwoods are aesthetically pleasing. A great deal of craftsmanship goes into making wide-plank floors. In fact, you may find that Colonial Era homes still have their original floors. During this time, wood was cut directly from the center of the tree referred to as the heartwood. This wood has a tighter grain making it more durable allowing it to wear well over time. Back then the age of the trees played a big factor in getting the higher quality floors- today most flooring comes from immature trees so while still beautiful, it is often not as durable as those old time floors.
Wide-plank hardwoods make rooms feel larger as they have less seams than strip flooring. The more seams, the busier the room looks making them feel smaller. Wide-plank have less seams making rooms feel bigger and amplifies the natural beauty of the wood grain. For a one-of-a-kind look, some people mix strip flooring with wide-plank hardwoods. This was done in the past as a way to use all the wood and resources available.
Installation and Acclimation
Wood flooring expands and contracts based on the climate it is in- on the journey to your home, your new floors have been exposed to different temperatures and levels of humidity- this is why the acclimation time is one of the most important things to consider during installation. To avoid shrinking or buckling, allow time for the floors to acclimate. Wide-plank flooring requires more time than strip flooring as it is capable of absorbing more moisture. To ensure your floors are properly installed, a ¾ inch subfloor is required for all solid hardwoods. For wood flooring over 4 inches wide, you must glue and staple them to the subfloor. The wider the plank, the more adhesive needed.
Details add Character to Homes
Wide-plank hardwoods expose the grain of the wood better than strip flooring bringing out the natural beauty of the wood. You are able to see the color variation from where heartwood meets the outer sapwood wood. It is these details that add character to homes and make them more appealing. You are sure to love your wide-plank hardwoods!
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