O’Fallon homeowners love the warm, authentic look of plank hardwood flooring. At Floor Coverings International Metro East, we help families in the greater O'Fallon, Edwardsville, and Belleville area find the right flooring for their homes, and we often see customers who choose wider hardwoods. Read on for more information about this beautiful hardwood option:
What is Plank?
The “standard” width for hardwood is either three inches or two-and-one-quarter inches. In the flooring industry, we call this strip hardwood. If a board is three to six inches, it is plank. If it’s any wider than six inches, you have wide plank hardwood.
Plank may be trendy at the moment, but it is far from new. The strip flooring standards did not come into existence until hardwood was mass produced during the industrial revolution. Prior to the twentieth century, hardwood floors were made from local trees. When European settlers arrived in North America, they found a land of natural splendor. Old grown forests with massive oaks and pine were chopped down and turned into flooring. These boards were wide plank, rough, and uneven. Today, many O’Fallon homeowners choose plank to pay tribute to the past.
Although plank is historically associated with rustic American values, it is often used to add a modern touch to your home. Plank hardwood is smooth and subtle. When it’s polished or bleached, it feels just right in a Scandinavian aesthetic. It also makes rooms feel larger—a popular reason for choosing plank.
Find Your Dream Floors
For all of your flooring needs, the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Metro East are here to help. We believe that the best way to choose flooring is from the comfort of your home. That’s why we developed our mobile showroom. Simply call to book a free consultation and we will bring hardwood plank samples to you.
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