Wide plank hardwood floors are typically defined as a hardwood floor where the planks are wider than 3 inches. No matter what type of hardwood floor you prefer – from the species to the finish – there is a wide plank variant available. But with the scores of advantages in terms of design and functionality, most designers and homeowners are still hesitant about using them. One by one, let’s look at some myths surrounding wide plank hardwood floors and uncover the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Too expensive and difficult to install
Wide plank floors may have a bigger price tag compared to traditional strip flooring, but the quality and durability make it more cost-effective in the long run. When installed and cared for properly, a wide plank floor can last ages, just like any other wood floor.
Myth #2: Not environmentally friendly
Are wood floors eco-friendly? The wood used for our wide plank flooring are made out of sustainable wood from trees sourced legally from forests in the United States. Engineered wide plank hardwood floors require less wood to manufacture so it means that fewer trees are cut down to produce engineered planks in particular.
Myth #3: Not for spaces with kids, pets, and heavy traffic
One of the worries of homeowners about using wide plank hardwood flooring is the thought of using it in high traffic areas with children and pets. However, you don’t have to sacrifice your home’s aesthetics even if you have children and pets–you can still have beautiful wide plank floors in your home! Your best bet in these situations is to use floor runners in high-traffic areas, letting children remove their shoes or get your pets manicured to prevent scratches.
Myth #4: Difficult to maintain
Wide plank wood floors are no more difficult to maintain than strip floors. To maintain the appearance of your wide plank floors, use the same precautions you would with any wood floor. Make sure to remove your shoes and ask your guests to do the same, and perform regular cleaning by vacuuming debris and using a wet mop to clean up, as well as ensuring that any spills are promptly soaked up with a rag or paper towels.
Myth #5: Its maximum width is 10 inches
Unlike its narrower counterparts, wide plank hardwood flooring are much wider and cover much more space. Although Oak, Hickory, and other narrower hardwood floors have widths that range from 10 to 12 inches, there are wide plank floors that can measure up to 20 inches.
Myth #6: Just wider, not longer
Some people mistakenly think that wide plank wood floors are just that: wide. However, they are longer than traditional strip flooring as well. Wider planks that are the same length as traditional strip flooring just wouldn’t look right. Wide plank wood floors must also be longer in order to visually compensate for the fact that the planks are wider.
Myth #7: Engineered wide plank floors are not real wood
The term “engineered” only means that the wide plank floors underwent a construction process in manufacturing. To make these floors, wood from various fast-growing, renewable trees are used to create a durable veneer on top of a plywood plank, which gives the floors extra stability. Since it requires less wood to manufacture, engineered wide plank floors are cost-saving options and are great for the environment.