Plank flooring differentiates itself from strip flooring by width. Generally, wood flooring wider than 3 inches is defined as plank flooring. Considered the most traditional of wood flooring in Cincinnati, plank flooring is often selected for rustic applications because it resembles the style of wood used in pre-20th century buildings. This creates an added dimension and character to the floor that is not possible with a strip floor product.
Plank flooring comes in two thicknesses of either ½ inch or ¾ inch and a variety of widths ranging from 3 inches to 8 inches. With such a breadth of selection in widths, customers can create unique styling with plank flooring that is unachievable with other types of hardwood flooring. Perfect for your living room, dining room, and hallway, plank flooring will provide your home with impressive styling.
The most common species for plank flooring include oak, cedar, ebony redwood, ironwood, and even cork. These particular hardwoods are resilient to heavy foot traffic and with proper care and protection, will last several generations in a home. Adding both unique character and considerable value once installed, it is easy to understand why plank flooring is so desirable. Unlike strip flooring, hardwood plank flooring often utilizes wood that is less processed and shows the detailed organic intricacies. Although this adds character, these imperfections can leave slight gaps between each plank. The imperfections will often make installation of plank flooring more time-consuming because of the care and attention required to properly align each plank before securing. Wider planks are more susceptible to moisture and humidity; therefore, it is essential that the planks are installed properly to avoid excessive swelling.
Although most customers choose to select natural hardwoods for their Cincinnati plank floors, there are some engineered options available. Some may feel these products don’t offer as much organic beauty or character, however, they are less expensive and more resilient to moisture and can be an excellent option.
Once installed, you will immediately enjoy the benefits of having plank flooring in your home. Advantages of wood floors include ease of cleaning and the additional value they bring to your home. Plank flooring is the ideal choice for allergy-conscious homeowners, dust and dander is easily cleaned, improving the air quality of your home significantly.
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