At a certain point in your search for the perfect wood floors, you feel like you’ve explored every type of hardwood flooring imaginable. But have you put any thought into the size of the planks? The same hardwood variety can look vastly different when arranged in narrow strips versus wide planks. Many Avon Lake homeowners favor the uniform look of narrow strips, but the exotic feel wide planks provide can be intriguing to others. Not sure which option is best for your home? Keep the following considerations from Floor Coverings International Cleveland West in mind as you choose the ideal plank width.
One wide plank may take up the space of two or more narrow strips. Greater coverage means fewer planks, and ultimately, an expedited installation process. This allows you to enjoy your new floor sooner, which can also reduce the cost of labor and other related installation expenses.
There’s a reason large tile is so popular these days. It can instantly make an otherwise small bathroom or laundry room feel surprisingly more expansive. The same is true of wide plank hardwood. The fewer lines or crevices in the floor, the more space the eye perceives. If you’re outfitting a small room and you want to make it instantly feel more spacious, wide planks may do the trick.
Wide planks feature a greater variety of wood grain. This gives them a natural, more unique look than narrow strips that are less than three inches in width. This exotic appeal adds great visual interest to rooms with hardwood floors. Depending on the type of hardwood, wide planks can fit in with a broad range of styles, including rustic, contemporary, or even Mediterranean.
Issues with Wide Planks
Although wide planks are an attractive and affordable option, there are a few downsides worth considering. The biggest drawback is easily cupping, in which the sides of each plank are higher than the center. Cupping creates an unappealing concave shape. It occurs most frequently in high-moisture areas where humidity causes planks to warp. If you plan to install the hardwood in your Avon Lake bathroom or basement, think twice before selecting wide hardwood planks. Wood-look alternatives are also worth considering if you want each plank to look exactly the same, as uniformity does not occur naturally in real hardwood floors.
There is no one right width for every situation. Your selection will ultimately depend on the size of the room in which you wish to install hardwood, as well as your budget and your aesthetic preferences. To learn more or to schedule a free in-home design consultation, contact your local experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland West today! We proudly serve homeowners across the Westlake, Avon Lake, & Avon, OH area.
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