Once you’ve decided that hardwood flooring is the right flooring material for your home, you will quickly find you have lots of other decision to make. Two that can influence the look of your space are the board width and the plank length. Here are some things to know each before you get your mind set on one of the many options.
Obviously, the board width depends on the size of the tree at harvest. That means a tree must be more mature to provide wide plank flooring. That often adds to your material price, however, may reduce your installation costs because it takes less time to install.
Today’s standard plank is three inches and you can find just about every wood species in 3” planks. Many are also available in two, four and five inches. Wide plank flooring means boards six inches or wider. One advantage of wide plank flooring is that it can make a room appear larger. They may also be more durable. One option that creates a unique look is mixing board widths.
If you go to a flooring store or look online at various manufacturer’s products, you’ll likely find the majority of products are labeled as “standard length boards.” That means the planks are anywhere between one and seven feet. If you were to average them all out, the average board length would equal three feet. This makes every floor installation unique. This is the most common option for new flooring unless you want a herringbone installation pattern or something else that requires the same board length.
Authentic Hardwood Flooring Offers Many Options
We install products from leading manufacturers that are both hardwood and engineered hardwood products. Depending on your budget, your installation pattern preferences and species wood, we can help you find the perfect solution for your home. Call us today at (727) 786-6330 for your free in-home consultation.