Plank hardwood flooring is a great choice for Greensboro homeowners trying to nurture a rural or rustic aesthetic. At Floor Coverings International Triad, we carry hundreds of plank options, and we help families in the greater Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point area find the right hardwood for their homes. Read on for more information about this gorgeous hardwood option.
What is Plank?
When we call a hardwood option “plank”, we are referring to the width of its boards. Traditional—or strip—hardwood is no more than three inches wide. Plank is greater than three inches. For even wider hardwood, some Greensboro homeowners choose wide plank floors, which are over six inches in width.
Rooted in the Past
Although plank floors are popular at the moment—they are featured in most design magazines and blogs—they are not new. When European settlers arrived in North America, they were greeted by millions of acres of old growth forest. They used this local oak, maple, and hickory to build their homes and their floors. Hardwood flooring in the colonies was wider than “traditional” hardwood. It was also unfinished and oftentimes variable width.
Then, during the American industrial revolution, hardwood flooring was mass manufactured. This necessitated standard flooring widths (three inches or two and one quarter inch) that would later come to be know as strip.
Stylish in the Present
Today, many Greensboro families choose plank hardwood floors because they hark back to our industrious American roots. This hardwood option adds authenticity to your home’s look and feel. Any species of wood comes in plank, but the most popular are woods that would feel crowded or busy in narrower widths, including hickory, red oak, and pine.
For more information about plank hardwood, give your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Triad a call today. We are a full service flooring company, which means we help Greensboro families from floor buying all the way to installation.
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