Wide plank flooring is a type of hardwood that provides an elegant and rustic look to any room. It is one of the most popular types of wood flooring, especially in older homes with high ceilings. The wide planks are quite literally wider than traditional boards and create a very dramatic look when installed correctly. This blog post will discuss some basics about wide plank flooring, cost, and pros and cons.

What Makes Wide Plank Flooring Special?

Wide plank flooring is made of very wide boards that are typically wider than traditional planks. This creates a unique look and feel when installed. However, the installation process can be more difficult because it requires extra care to ensure everything fits tightly together without any gaps in between — especially for higher-spec versions. Overall, wide plank flooring tends to give a room more of a grand feeling. This might make it perfect for living rooms or family rooms, but it may also work well for dining rooms!

What Kinds Of Wood Can You Use?

Most types of wood have been used to create wide plank floors, including maple, oak, hickory, walnut, and even bamboo! But, of course, it all depends on what you like best and what your budget allows. No matter what type you choose, though, they will add some rustic charm to any room.
A close-up image of wide plank flooring.
Wide plank flooring offers a rustic look and shows off the beauty of the wood.

How To Choose A Color For Your Wide Plank Floor

What color you choose will depend on what kind of design and décor style your room has. There are many different types of wood floor colors to match a wide variety of designs, from lighter shades like maple or beech for more traditional-style rooms to darker hues such as walnut if you want something that feels warmer but also very contemporary. Ultimately, you'll want to look at the overall function, feel, and atmosphere of a room when deciding on color and wood type.

Pros And Cons Of Installing Wide Plank Floors 

Wide plank flooring is relatively easy to install when compared with some of the other popular flooring options out there. It's a good idea to hire someone who knows what they are doing, though, because wide planks can be heavy and difficult for one person to maneuver around the room.

The cost of wide plank floors depends on many things
, including where you live (the price will go up in more expensive places) as well as which type of wood you choose and how much it needs customized work such as sanding or additional sealing before installation. The longer the boards required, generally the higher the cost and turnaround time will be.

Pros of wide plank flooring

  • They come in a wide variety of colors and textures
  • They offer a custom, unique, and luxurious look to any room
  • They have a stunning bold appeal that standard hardwood does not

Cons of wide plank flooring

  • Wide plank flooring is more expensive than traditional wood floors due to the added labor costs of cutting and installing each individual board.
  • Regular maintenance - such as a regular vacuum or sweeping with a soft broom - may be necessary if you have pets that shed hair, in addition to vacuuming on occasion.

Element Can Help You Decide On The Perfect Hardwood

We hope this blog has helped you understand what wide plank flooring is, how to choose a color for your new installation, and the pros and cons of installing it. If you are in need of more information or want to book an appointment with one of our friendly Element flooring experts, please call us today!