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Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring Offers Homeowners “Something Different”

The popularity of wide plank hardwood flooring is a relatively new phenomenon.  In fact, there was a time when wide plank hardwood floors were typically only found in homes dating back to the 19th century.  Back when these floors were laid approximately 200 years ago, it made much more sense to use wider planks because it required a lot less labor.  Resources (larger, older trees) were plentiful and wider planks meant fewer pieces and less installation time.  As the hardwood flooring industry evolved and manufacturersbegan to offer a wider variety of floor sizes, types, and colors the popularity of the narrower, strip wood floor caught on with consumers across the globe.  While strip wood floors have dominated the market for some time now, hardwood manufacturersand distributors everywhere are seeing an increased demand for wide plank floors.


The simple answer is that, depending on your project, wide plank flooring can achieve a number of different aesthetic goals.  For example, many consumers desiring a more rustic, colonial feel in their homes will choose wide plank wood floors to achieve this look.  Likewise, wide plank flooring can also add a more contemporary appeal to a room because it is relatively uncommon and offers a more distinct look than standard strip flooring.  These floors are a popular choice for homeowners looking for “something different” that will make their home stand out among others.

Are wide plank hardwood floors for you?  Maybe!  Before you make this decision, it is a good idea to do some research and investigate whether or not wide plank floors would be a good addition to your home.  Offered below are a few frequently asked questions that you will want to be familiar with before purchasing wide plank hardwood floors.


  • What makes a hardwood floor “wide” plank?  Any hardwood floor board with a width of seven inchesor more is considered to be wide plank.
  • Why should I choose wide plank flooring?  This depends on the look you are trying to achieve.  If you are going for a more contemporary or colonial feel, wide plank floors will definitely do the trick.  Furthermore, wide plank floors are usually easier to install and require less labor than standard strip flooring.
  • Will wide plank flooring buckle, warp, and move?  Before installing wide plank floors in your home, it is very important for you to do your homework and talk to an expert about your plans.  With help from an expert, you can find the right wide plank floor width to suit the climate in which you live.  Any type of wood floor is going to expand and contract, depending on the season and humidity level in the home.  However, when it comes to wide plank vs. strip flooring, wide plank is going to have greater movement (shrinking and swelling) than strip flooring.
  • Does wide plank hardwood flooring cost more than standard strip flooring?  Yes, in most cases, wide plank flooring will cost more than standard strip flooring. Prices will vary depending on the wood species and plank size.  Generally, the price increases as the width of the plank increases.
  • What wood species are available in wide plank?  Nearly any kind of hardwood that is used for flooring can be found in wide plank.  Some common wide plank flooring options are: oak, hickory, walnut, cherry, hard maple, pecan, ash, beech, pine, sugar maple, and birch.
  • Does Universal Hardwood have someone I can talk to who can assist me in my flooring needs?  Absolutely!  We have a staff of trained experts who are eager to answer any questions you may have and assist you in your decision making process. Click the following button to contact a flooring specialist now!
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