Wide plank flooring is an old world look typically found in historic homes and buildings. These floors were cut from wide diameter trees found in local old growth forests at a time when there were no circular saws or planers.
The old growth forests are long gone and today’s solid hardwood floors are made with narrower planks typically 3 to 4 inches wide. With the growing popularity of this classic look, some flooring manufacturers are offering a wide plank option.
Planks can be anywhere between 5 and 20 inches wide and longer than standard planks. New hardwood in the wider width is susceptible to warping and cupping if not installed properly and comes with a very big price tag. It is also sourced from declining old growth forests which is a big drawback for environment-minded people.
Another option is reclaimed wide plank hardwood. This flooring is salvaged from old buildings and is probably the most costly type of flooring. It is expensive to source and will need to be professionally installed.
Manufactured wood-look flooring offers the same classic wide plank look for a fraction of the price. Wide plank style is available in engineered, luxury vinyl plank and laminate flooring. Because these floorings are manufactured, they are engineered to be stable and warping and cupping is less of a problem.
Find the right wide plank flooring texture, colour, and finish at your local TIMBER MART, and create a luxurious feel with fewer seams today.