There is nothing quite like the natural beauty of a hardwood floor when you walk into a home. (My favorite being European Maple Salzburg 3-Strip flooring) It seems that in recent years we have moved, quickly, away from carpeting and tile in favor of wood flooring. The move is a welcomed one, but there is something different about today’s wood floor than the floors of the past. The flooring of the past was wider, had more character, spoke volumes about the history of the tree it came from and the man who made it a plank. Some designers and architects have grasped at the concept of restoring the past by using special wood flooring that produces the aesthetic of the past.
Wide plank flooring is wood flooring made of planks that are much thicker than what is traditionally seen today. The planks of a traditional hardwood floor are 3-4 inches wide, while wide plank flooring can be upwards of 12 inches across. The wider planks are a throwback to days gone by and create a warm, homey, rustic aesthetic that is thrived for in many modern homes. You can learn more at www.cnn.com.
The natural beauty of wide plank flooring comes from the way it is created. Wide planks must come from older trees, whether currently or previously, and thus is given more time to age and grow. Knots, natural grooves and wood grains are far more pronounced in wide plank flooring than in traditional hardwood floors. The irregularities create the natural beauty of this flooring option.
Wide plank flooring is naturally beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, but it can also be considered a green flooring option. Because the wood industry no longer produces trees large enough to create wide plank flooring much of the wood used in this type of flooring is repurposed. The wood is removed from the side of barns and old buildings, created from old growth trees, or made from the flooring of old buildings. The repurposing of this type of wood takes some of the load of off the current milling industries and allows for the preservation of tree reserves.
If you are looking for a flooring option that is green, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to care for wide plank flooring might be the option you have been looking for.