Wide Plank Flooring

The way the flooring industry has evolved, it’s hard to believe that there was a time that pretty much all hardwood flooring was wide plank flooring by today’s standards. Currently, with so much strip flooring being produced, mostly in the 2 1/4″ to 3 1/4″ range, those who want something extraordinary often set out to find something at least a little wider, hence the search for wide plank flooring begins.

What is wide plank flooring?

The answer to that question is kind of a gray area, depending on who you ask really. In certain regions, and/or according to certain manufacturers, you might say anything 4 inches or wider is considered “wide plank” flooring. I would have to disagree. I think anything that is 4 inches or wider is certainly considered “plank” flooring, but Wide plank flooring? That would be a little stretch of the imagination. But again, there is probably not a “right” or “wrong” answer to the question “what is wide plank flooring?”

That being said, in my opinion, any wood flooring that is 6 inches wide, or wider, is truly Wide Plank Flooring. I don’t care if it’s solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, or even softwood (like wide pine flooring), generally speaking, wide plank flooring is plank flooring that is 6 inches wide or wider.

Engineered VS Solid Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Floors are one of the most sought after upgrades for homeowners today. Hardwood floors can add beauty and value to any home. There is a huge variety of different types of hardwood floors available on the market but the very first choice to make when shopping for a hardwood floor, is the choice between Engineered Hardwood or Solid Hardwood. Each has its own set of strengths and weaknesses.

Q. What is solid hardwood flooring?

A. Solid hardwood flooring is always made from one single piece of hardwood. While the great majority of solid hardwood flooring is 3/4″ thick, the thinner solids, such as 1/2″ thick and 5//16″ thick hardwood flooring are growing in popularity. Solid hardwood is recommended for installation over plywood, OSB or other wooden sub-floors. Solid wood flooring is usually not recommended for installation over concrete slabs or areas beneath the surface such as a basement floor. Solid wood floors come in a variety of different woods and finishes. Some of it comes unfinished which gives you the option to choose your own custom color and gloss level, although sanding and finishing a hardwood floor can prove difficult for the do-it-yourself-er. Another option is to buy prefinished solid hardwood flooring that comes completely finished from the factory with several coats of extremely durable finish. Solid hardwood flooring that is prefinished just needs to be nailed or stapled down, and you’re ready to enjoy it right away!