Why Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring?
As far as a floor goes, wide plank hardwood flooring really offers everything there is to achieving the current trends. The wider the plank is, the more you put emphasis on it. It is a must that you stay away from super glossy finishes this year, processed isn’t the key to rustic. Look for really beat up material with worm holes, knots and a lot of variation in grain patterns and colors.
Whether you choose a solid or engineered hardwood, you will have many options to choose from. Luckily beat up hardwoods as I like to call them, are really cheap in comparison to other hardwoods. Why?
You can get great pricing on tavern or cabin grade hardwood materials that have many workable flaws. Their prices are drastically reduced because they do not give a uniform look. But who needs uniform when we are striving to be eclectic this year.
Different Types of Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring
- Distressed – When we talk distressed wide plank hardwood flooring we are referring to worn floors. Whether natural or intentional, enjoy features like dings, gouges, nail holes and dents. Yes it sounds like it could be a mess, but its actually quite charming to behold. The great thing about distressed hardwood flooring is that you will never really have to spend a lot of time with repair, when damaged (other than by liquids) you don’t have to worry about fixing it. It just makes it more unique.
- Mixed Widths and Lengths – It is perfectly acceptable to mix up your boards to achieve a great look. Some companies are even grouping mixed sized materials together so you don’t have to have two different brands in the same floor. It would take a lot of precise work to get the same flooring results as someone else utilizing this option.
- Hand Scraped – This wide plank hardwood flooring texture option can either be done by hand or at the factory. By certain methods, the planks are scraped and chiseled lengthwise along the grain. This is one that can actually be semi glossed if you prefer a much smoother surface. Either way, you are getting a very distinct look that plays tricks on your eyes when determining a floors levelness.