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Make a Statement with Wide Floor Planks

Posted on May 23rd, 2014 by

With a natural warmth that invites you to go barefoot, installing wide hardwood floor planks in San Diego homes helps to create a casual, unfussy atmosphere that invites relaxation. Their rustic appeal makes them a perfect fit for the current trend of celebrating raw, organic spaces that don’t stress over perfection.

The beauty and versatility of wood flooring has long been acknowledged. Wide plank floors take this a step further by using boards that are more than twice the width of regular flooring boards. When each plank ranges from 5 to 8 inches in width, the tactile character of the wood shines through, inviting you to trace the knots and grains that make each piece so unique with your eyes or even your toes.

The options for wide plank floors are as diverse as the options for traditional hardwood flooring. Whether you want friendly oak, classy walnut or something more exotic, you can find it in wide planks. You can also customize the look of your floor by selecting what appeals to you from a seemingly endless combination of stains and finishes.

Although there are many benefits of wide flooring planks, there are drawbacks, just as there are with any other type of flooring. The same width that highlights the wood’s natural personality also makes it more vulnerable to expansion and contraction as humidity and temperature change. Special care must be taken during installation to prevent this natural movement from creating unevenness in the floor over time.

Some homeowners are getting around this by selecting engineered hardwoods or laminate flooring. Many of these products are so cleverly constructed (right down to reproducing patterns like the variations in wood grain) that it can be nearly impossible to tell whether a floor is a real hardwood once installed. Most engineered hardwoods and laminates are less expensive than real hardwood and offer better moisture resistance, which can make them more practical in kitchens, bathrooms and basements.

Whether they are made of real hardwood or a manufactured alternative, wide plank floors bring a soothing natural charm to any room that encourages people to gather with friends and family and unwind together. For more information about wide plank hardwood floors, contact Unique Flooring at 760-945-0010. We have a large selection of hardwood flooring from some of the top names in the industry. And if you’re not ready to install hardwoods throughout your entire home, worry not because we specialize in plush and affordable carpeting in San Diego.

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