Plank hardwood flooring is generally the term used for any hardwood that comes in 3” or greater in width. Narrower hardwood is called strip-wood. Hardwood plank flooring comes in almost as many varieties as there is wood: maple, cherry and oak, to name just a few.
This style of wood flooring, that first gained popularity in North America with the American settlers of the 17th century, who used plank flooring cut from old growth trees, has really been experiencing a resurgence in the past decade. Wider planks, even up to 12” in width, are becoming popular in residential settings. In fact, there has even been a movement recently to reclaim planks from old building and repurpose them in modern settings.
If you like the plank look, there are many options. Shaw Hardwoods, Anderson Hardwoods, and Armstrong Hardwoods, the primary flooring manufacturers, both offer wide planks. Some styles are actually hand distressed to replicate the reclaimed look and give the plank a vintage feel.
If you would like to explore this look and have questions about how a wide plank hardwood floor would look in your home, call 630-653-6100 to speak with a design associate at Floor Coverings International. We will show you samples in your home and share with you their design expertise. We even have wide plank laminate flooring if you are looking for wide-plank on a budget.