Choosing Your Wide Plank Floor

  • Jul 20, 2017

    Choose Your Preferred Wood Species

    You may already have a strong preference when it comes to choosing your favorite flooring species: "Nothing but hickory will do. That's what I want and that's all there is to it!"

    But if you're not sure where to start, here are some factors to keep in mind:

    • Durability: Do you need a hardwood that can stand up to high traffic and pets? Or, are you looking for the foot-worn appearance of an old New England home, in which case premium wide-plank pine is the wood for you.
    • Grain pattern: 
    • Color: Stains and finishes (water-based vs. oil-based, for example) can dramatically alter the "natural" appearance of a wood, so in most cases your preferred wood species can be finished to achieve the color you desire. Take a look at our wide plank Hickory flooring for illustration.
  • Jul 20, 2017

    Engineered or Solid Wood?

    A floor made from our end-matched engineered flooring is indistinguishable from a solid wood floor. Engineered planks are available in our complete selection of wood species and in all the same finish options. For that reason, appearance need not be a factor in your decision.

    But if your floor is being installed below grade, over concrete or radiant heat, or in an area requiring a higher tolerance to moisture (such as a bathroom or mudroom/entryway), you'll need engineered planks.

  • Jul 20, 2017

    Uniform or Random Width Planks?

    There's really no formula here—it's just a question of your preference. 

    Random-width planks can trick the eye into the illusion of a larger floor space so are an excellent choice for a smaller room. They also create a more rustic-looking floor than one created with uniform-width planks.

    For very large rooms, on the other hand, selecting the widest planks available in a uniform width is a popular choice. These expansive floors look more polished, and more up-scale, regardless of the wood species chosen.

  • Jul 20, 2017

    Prefinished or Unfinished?

    You can read about the advantages of a prefinished floor on our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

    However, if you're an avid DIYer and prefer to finish the floor yourself, or have your installer finish it on-site, we'll ship your planks to you unfinished.