Exotic woods typically have a richness and beauty that just begs to be looked at and wide planks only enhance and show off more of those great features. It’s in these broader widths that wide plank wood flooring gains it’s drama and distinction over narrow strip floors.
Are There Any Benefits To Wide Plank?
When floors were laid 150 years ago it made sense to use wider planks. The resources (larger, old growth trees) were plentiful, it took less time to lay the floor (fewer pieces) and using wider planks eliminated the effort of sawing larger boards into smaller strips.
In today’s world however, the real benefit is mostly the aesthetic appeal that comes with a wide plank floor. It reflects a style choice that’s still in the minority and from that standpoint, offers diversity. There are also a few considerations you need to think about with wide plank floors because of their size. Understanding these points will help you make a more informed decision about whether they’re right for your application.
One has to pay close attention to factors as;
- DIY Installation – To some extent the answer to this question is yes and no as well. Yes, in case if you are capable of doing little hard work and know few basic techniques to handle the wide plank flooring, then you can do this job on your own. You can also ask help and suggestions from other people who already have previous experience with such kind of projects. On the contrary, if you think that you aren’t capable or equipped enough to accomplish this task, then it’s better to look for some very good professionals or experts to accomplish this task for you.
- Wide plank movement – wider planks will shrink and swell more than narrow strip flooring for a given set of conditions. This “movement” refers to a wood’s dimensional stability, or the amount that it changes in size based on temperature and humidity. A wide plank wood floor will expand and contract more than its narrower counterpart. Too much swelling can cause cupping, described by the edges of the board lifting up, or crowning, where the center of the board bows up. Excessive shrinkage can cause large gaps between individual boards.
- Stability – Choosing a wood that’s more dimensionally stable (less shrinking and swelling) is a plus. Understandably, that decision sometimes takes a back seat to choosing a wood based on its beauty and visual appeal. But if your heart isn’t set on any particular type of wood, it helps to choose a more stable one.
As an example , Teak is more stable (will experience less change in size) than Beech for a given set of conditions.
The Species we have available in wide planks are White Oak 160mm, Kiaat 135mm, Lyptus 160mm, and Teak 150mm.
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