Hardwood Flooring Styles: the Wide Plank Option
The installation of hardwood flooring uses boards that range in width from six to eight inches across. While these types of floors are beautiful and luxurious, homeowners should be aware that they have another type of option: the ultra-wide plank. Some manufacturers of hardwood floors offer this option, which means that individual planks are typically wider than a foot across. Some may be as wide as 18 inches.
Advantages of Wide Plank Flooring
With wider planks, there will be fewer visible joins in the floor. This lends the floor an appearance that is more uniform and consistent, calling attention to the wood itself instead of the places where the wood pieces are joined together. In addition, wide plank flooring may wear better. This is because each and every join represents a “weak spot” in the surface of the flooring – a place where it is more likely for shoes or furniture to catch, for example. Sometimes these cracks, minute as they are, can experience damage when items catch on it and the homeowner ends up with little chips along the joins.
While these can certainly be repaired through wood floor repair such as hardwood floor sanding services, it is a good idea to avoid the damage in the first place.
Wide plank flooring also lends itself to less damage because some manufacturers make their wide plank option with planks that are longer than usual. This too tends to reduce the number of joins that will be needed to establish the floor in full.