There are many aspects of choosing a hardwood floor that deserve your attention like picking the right species and choosing the right finish, but did you know that you also have the option to choose the width of your hardwood planks? Choosing a plank width is an exciting opportunity that will allow you to further tweak your hardwood flooring’s aesthetics to reach your ideal look. To that end, the experts at Floor Coverings International Triad have created this guide to inform you about the key differences between wide and narrow planks, apart from the obvious fact of their size.
Wide planks encompass any plank with a width between 5 and 12 inches. You can decide how wide you want your wide planks to be, though your choice may be limited to what your dealer has to offer.
Wide planks typically offer a trendier, more modern look than narrow planks and can make a room appear more spacious and open. Because they are more uncommon, choosing wide planks will make your floor more striking and unique compared to other hardwood floors. The wider planks also allow your floor to show off more of the hardwood’s natural grain; this can make standard varieties like oak appear in a whole new, and more intricate light. Finally, while the planks alone make a strong stylistic statement, you can take that stylistic statement even further by adding a gray, black, white, or blue, chic finish to your hardwood.
The only potential con of wide planks is that they can more visibly show the effects of rapid humidity changes. As such, you should avoid installing wide planks in bathrooms or other rooms prone to humidity changes.
The category of narrow planks encompasses any planks less than 5 inches wide and describes most of the hardwood floors you see today.
A floor with narrow planks will look more traditional than a wide plank floor. However, you can still achieve a trendy look with narrow planks by choosing a finish like gray or white, or by using an exotic hardwood species. Due to their smaller width, narrow planks will react less noticeably to changes in humidity, but they are still vulnerable to structural damage from humidity and water. Because of this, you should be just as mindful about installing narrow planks in humid or wet rooms as you would be with wide planks.
Thanks to their classic status, narrow plank floors are sure to stay in fashion for as long as they survive. In the end, narrow and wide hardwood planks are both excellent investments which are sure to please in terms of function, aesthetics, and home equity, so you should feel empowered to simply choose whichever style you prefer.
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