waukesha plank hardwood floors

At Floor Coverings International Waukesha, we work with families to design and install their dream floors. Plank hardwood is often the first choice for Waukesha homeowners because of its strength and style. This extremely versatile flooring option has thousands of choices, and we know that it can be daunting to choose just one. Here is more information about plank hardwood flooring to help you decide if it’s right for your home.

Board Width

Hardwood boards come in all different shapes and sizes, from short and thin parquet to thick and hardy hickory planks. Before you visit our showroom or schedule an in-home appointment with one of our design associates, it helps to have the right vocabulary. There are three main categories of hardwood width:

  • Strip: less than three inches in width.
  • Plank: three to five inches.
  • Wide Plank: five inches or greater.

A Brief History of Hardwood

Strip floors are the most common type of hardwood flooring found today, but that was not always the case. When European settlers first arrived in what is now called the United States, they were greeted by millions of acres of old growth forests. Their homes were built from local oak, maple, and pine. To make the most efficient use of each tree, floorboards were wide planks and in varying widths. It was only during the industrial revolution that hardwood widths were standardized to two and a quarter inch.

Why Plank

Today, many Waukesha homeowners choose plank and wide plank hardwood for their rustic charm. These wide hardwood floors pay homage to a bygone era. Plank hardwood feels authentic and honest. It looks great in modern loft apartments and farmhouses with a rural aesthetic.

Learn More

With thousands of available flooring options and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, Floor Coverings International Waukesha has long been Waukesha’s first choice for local hardwood flooring. Give us a call to schedule a free, in-home consultation and find your dream floors today!

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