Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring
Wide plank hardwood flooring originally began in the 1800’s farmhouse. Today it is still a popular style for all types of homes. Wide plank flooring comes in different species, widths and textures. All these options can bring completely different styles. At Bastian Carpet One Floor & Home in Allentown, PA, our flooring professionals can help you find the best wide plank flooring to fit your design and lifestyle.
Wide Plank Characteristics
The biggest indicator of wide plank wood versus other hardwood is the width of the hardwood planks. Wide plank hardwood is generally any board greater than 5” wide with popular styles ranging from 5” to 12” and wider. The width of the planks can also influence the length of the boards. Wider planks usually mean longer boards. The look of wide plank hardwood brings a traditional yet intimate feel for both rustic and modern homes. Wide plank floors are characterized by having fewer seams and ability to draw the eye across the room to make it look bigger. If your design calls for a more farmhouse feel, choose mixed-width planks. If you’re going for a modern look, choose single-width floors and think about installing them diagonally. Because installing wide plank hardwood can be tricky, we recommend hiring a professional installer.
All hardwood is susceptible to moisture and humidity. This is especially true with wide plank hardwood because of its sheer width and length of boards. It is important to keep this in mind when choosing where the wood will be installed in your home. It’s also essential to think about unfinished versus prefinished wide plank hardwood and stain. Imagining what you want your cohesive design to look like is key in making the decision on the type of stain and finish. Wide plank flooring can be a big investment, but it is sure to bring joy and charm to your home.