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Wide Plank Oak Flooring

An emerging trend for hardwood, wide plank flooring is often associated with older, colonial-style homes and is added to a space to give it a country appearance. Wide plank flooring is available for nearly all species, including oak, and all hardwood types, including solid and engineered wood and prefinished and unfinished varieties. Wide plank flooring can be purchased one of two ways. If you are considering wide plank oak flooring for your home, what are the options?

Reclaimed wood is one option. In a sense, reclaimed hardwood is essentially recycled flooring, as the planks come from older buildings. Purchasing reclaimed planks, however, is expensive, and such products are often difficult to find.

Typically, wide plank oak flooring is newly milled, and the options and availability are both greater. Newly-milled wide plank flooring can be up to 20 inches wide and up to 16 feet long. All grades, from clear to character, include wide plank flooring, although, because of variances, a manufacturer may use its own grading system.

Engineered prefinished wide plank oak flooring is one option for newly-milled hardwood. Although easier to install and maintain, engineered prefinished wide plank flooring may only have a 2mm veneer and may not be longer than 48 inches. Some brands, however, may offer engineered prefinished wide plank flooring with thicker veneers. Most prefinished engineered wide plank products, as well, have beveled edges.

Random widths or lengths are additional options for adding wide plank oak flooring to your space. For length, plank sizes vary but can be as long as 16 feet. Width, on the other hand, should be no larger than seven inches.

Several brands offer wide plank oak flooring in their product lines. These include:

Award is a brand that specializes in wide plank flooring. Solid and engineered wide plank hardwoods with a smooth or hand-scraped appearance are available. The brand, as well, uses its Wearmax finish on all planks.
Homerwood started as a brand exclusively carrying wide planks but has since expanded its product lines. Wide plank flooring, however, is still available.
Robbins, an Armstrong brand, offers flooring wider than five inches in its Fifth Avenue line.

Engineered flooring, including oak, was once only rotary peeled, but in the present, all possible cuts are available for this type of hardwood. If you decide on unfinished engineered oak flooring for your home, understand that sanding and finishing will be needed. If you expect several rounds of finishing and sanding, find engineered flooring with a thicker top layer. The highest-quality wood, the top layer of engineered oak flooring may be 0.6mm to 3/16ths of an inch thick.

Prefinished hardwood is available by nearly all brands, and Armstrong's engineered oak flooring in butterscotch is one such popular product. No matter which engineered oak flooring you pick for your home, you have chosen a high-quality and durable product that can be installed practically anywhere.