Wood plank flooring is manufactured from timber and comes in various styles, colors, and species. On average, planks are cut at 3 inches wide, but this can be customized as some homeowners choose planks between 10-20 inches wide and up to 16 feet long. Though it was introduced in North America in the 17th century, most homeowners still opt for hardwood plank floors in their homes today.
Benefits of Wood Plank Flooring
Greater density and durability. Wood planks are denser and more durable when compared to something like strip flooring and can last anywhere from 10-20 years before needing to be replaced. Many other floors have a five-year average lifespan.
Easy maintenance. The maintenance of your wood plank floors is either a sweep or a mop, instead of steam cleaning or vacuuming. Wood plank flooring is easy to clean and does not harbor dust or animal dander like carpeting, which makes it a superior choice for people with allergies.
Quicker installation time. Because the pieces tend to be wider and take up more room per square foot, the installation can be done in a timelier fashion than some other floors. It’s easier to fill a room with 10” boards as opposed to 3” boards.
Visually appealing. Wood plank flooring has knots, natural splits, mineral streaks, and more nature-made imperfections that liven up a room. The timeless beauty of wood adds value and character to any home. Plus, if your room is smaller, wide planks can create the illusion of it being larger.
Where to use Wood Plank Flooring in the Home
Due to its durability, wood plank flooring can be used in various rooms throughout the home. Some of the best places to install wood plank floors are the living room, dining room, bedroom, office, and family room. You can even install it in your kitchen if you are willing to do the proper maintenance. Avoid wood planks in the bathroom or laundry room.
If you would like to explore this look and have questions about how a wide plank hardwood floor would look in your home, give the design associates at Floor Coverings International in East Cincinnati a call. We will show you samples in your home and share our design expertise. Contact us now for a free consultation!