plank hardwood flooring columbia

At Floor Coverings International Howard County, we help Columbia homeowners find the hardwood of their dreams. Hardwood comes in a variety of species, but that is far from the only decision you have to make when considering this versatile flooring material. Another important factor is board width. Wider-width hardwood, or plank hardwood, has grown in popularity in recent years. Read on for more information about this unique hardwood option:

Meet the Planks

We know that plank is wider than typical hardwood, but at what width does a piece of hardwood become “plank”? Luckily, there are guidelines. Strip hardwood flooring is any hardwood that is three inches or thinner. Plank harwood is three to six inches in width, and wide plank is greater than six inches. You can even find hardwood in a mixture of widths. This is called random or variable-width hardwood, and it is a great option for those cultivating a rustic aesthetic.

Why Plank?

Plank hardwood is easier to clean because there is more surface area than comparable strip varieties, but that isn’t why Columbia families choose plank oak and wide plank maple for their homes. Plank hardwood harks back to a time in American history when our floors were made from locally felled trees. Floors back then were wide and unfinished. Today, plank gives many Columbia homes an authentic look and feel.

Learn More

At Floor Coverings International Howard County, we are proud to be the trusted local source for hardwood in the greater Columbia, Ellicott City, Cooksville, Clarksville, MD area. We are a unique flooring provider because we bring samples to you. That’s right: simply call to schedule an appointment with one of our design associates, and they will bring the mobile showroom to your door. We believe that the best way to view hardwood samples is from the comfort of your living room. Call to book your free consultation and find your dream floors today!

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