Wide plank flooring starts at about 5 inches wide and can go up to as much as 12 inches wide, depending on the wood and the manufacturer. Narrow plank floors tend to run somewhere between 2 and 4 inches in width.
Pros of Wide Plank Wood Flooring
If you want to create a traditional or rustic look in a space, you can’t beat wide plank wood flooring. Because wide plank is, well, wider, it tends to show more of the grain of the wood and includes more knots and imperfections. Some designers cherish these unique touches, as they help make a space one-of-a-kind and can add a rustic charm. Select Grade wide plank floors are also available that have very few if any knots. These work well in Contemporary or Modern spaces.
Wide plank flooring, lighter shades, in particular, are also gaining popularity in contemporary spaces. In large spaces, the wide planks and light wood can give an airy, open feel. Wide plank flooring also means fewer seams between boards and thus fewer interruptions of the natural lines of both the wood and the room.
Cons of Wide plank Wood Fooring
However, wide plank flooring is not the right choice for every space. In small spaces, the wider flooring can make the room feel cramped. And although this may be a perk for some people, the wider planks can mean a greater likelihood of knots in the wood, which can interfere with a more polished vibe. If you want fewer knots, make sure to specify a Select Grade wide plank floor.
In addition, because the flooring is wider, it can be harder to get a right fit between boards if you choose a lower quality product. This, combined with the lower humidity tolerance that wide plank flooring has, can mean the floor could cup more easily. If you live somewhere where humidity varies a lot, solid wide plank flooring may not be the best choice for you. For your home, you will need high-quality wide plank Engineered floors. These Engineered floors will look the same once installed and can be refinished again in the future.