Favoured by many homeowners, hardwood has been a traditional choice of flooring for decades thanks to its timeless look and outstanding durability. Hardwood planks are often laid in narrow strips, however some contemporary homeowners are opting for the wide plank trend creating a more open space with a rustic feel. Though the definition of wide plank varies, it is generally board width between 130mm and 260mm.
If you are contemplating wide plank hardwood for your new floor, we have listed some pros and cons to help with your decision.
One of the main features drawing people to wide planks is the natural beauty and grain detail found within the boards. Unlike narrow planks, the larger width shows more of the patterns, knots and swirls found within the timber, adding character and style to any home. Wide planks also create space within smaller rooms as there are less joins visible compared to narrow planks that can leave a space feeling cramped and busy. Less joins also creates a smoother surface and is considered a more comfortable option by many people.
With wide planks covering more surface area, the installation process is generally faster and easier than for narrow planks. If you are in a hurry to get your floor finished, wide planks are an ideal option.
Plenty of choice
Due to increased popularity with wide plank hardwood, homeowners are not limited when it comes to choosing colour, wood species and finish. There is also a variation in wide plank size, allowing you to choose the width best suited to the size of your room.
Prone to moisture
Compared to narrow hardwood planks, wide planks are generally more susceptible to moisture damage which can lead to a warped floor if not managed correctly. To prevent floors from shrinking or expanding, you need to control the indoor temperature and humidity. You can check out our recent blog post on expansion and contraction for tips and advice.
Call in the experts
Wide planks can be difficult to install without hiring a professional. Unlike many other flooring types which are much more installation-friendly for DIYers, wide planks are generally not on that list.
Wide planks are a focal point that can create a bold statement in any home. Available in varying widths, it is important to choose a size that suits the shape of your room. Talk to our flooring experts here at Floormania for more advice on wide planks for your personal renovation project.