Engineered Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring:
Remember when you used to play on the floor with your toys as a child, imagine if the floors could talk what kind of memories would they tell? Hardwood flooring is not just another pretty face. It has an impressive history that dates back to the beginning of civilization. Recently, there have been exciting developments in this area that make wood flooring even more attractive. Among these developments is the introduction of wide plank engineered hardwood flooring that features larger dimensions than before and offers a new look for today’s modern homes.
What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
Engineered hardwood floors are made up of a core of hardwood or plywood with a top layer of hardwood veneer. The veneer is usually between 3/16” to 1/4” thick and can be sanded and refinished like solid wood flooring as long as it’s glued or stapled to the subfloor. The plywood used for the midsection is composed of crisscrossing or joined layers. This construction technique makes engineered wood extremely stable. In addition, the engineered core is often composed of more stable wood species such as Poplar or Baltic Birch. These species are inherently more stable against humidity and temperature changes compared to the ones used for the top veneer.
Just like solid hardwood, engineered hardwood comes in a number of styles such as distressed, rustic, and hand-scraped. The most important thing to know about engineered wood floors is that they are much more stable compared to your solid hardwood. Solid hardwood comes in widths up to 5″ wide and therefore, we can not include it when we’re talking about wide plank flooring.
What is Considered Wide Plank Flooring?
In the flooring industry, any engineered wood planks over 5″ are considered wide plank hardwood. However, in a trendy city such as Vancouver, anything 7.5″ wide or longer is considered wide plank hardwood. For the purpose of this article, we’re only going to talk about wood flooring with planks that are wider than 7.5″. This is simply because 7.5″ wide hardwood is simply the new standard in the industry.
High-Quality Wide-Plank Hardwood Flooring:
When it comes to wide plank flooring, one of the most important things is to make sure you get high-quality engineered planks. The wider the floorboards, the more important is your overall structural stability and this comes in quality products.
We recommend that you get at least a 7-ply engineered core with a cross-grain construction. This will ensure that your floors won’t buckle or cup over time.
How to Install Wide Plank Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
Wide plank hardwood flooring can be floated, full spread glued, or stapled with glue-assist. The most important thing is to make sure your subfloor is properly prepared prior to installation. The wider the floorboards, the more strict your leveling should be. When it comes to wide plank hardwood flooring, full spread glue-down or staple down with glue assist is preferred. However, you won’t be able to glue or staple your floor when you live in a strata building and you need to meet soundproofing requirements. Therefore, it’s extremely important to consult with a wood flooring expert for the best installation method for your project.
Recommended Wide Plank Hardwood Floors – Top Brands:
Chaletino of Boen:
Boen is the biggest hardwood flooring manufacturer in the world and offers one of the most diverse product ranges on the market. The company has an annual production capacity of more than 40 million square meters in both its own and partner factories across Europe.
Boen is constantly innovating and was one of the first companies to produce engineered hardwood floors. The Chaletino collection features wide-plank engineered hardwood flooring in a rustic style. The top layer is made of European White Oak that has been wire brushed to give the boards a textured look.
The Chaletino of Boen is a true art in the wide plank flooring industry. The width and length are absolutely ridiculous, to say the least. These planks are 12″ wide in 9′ long Making them the widest non-custom hardwood planks made in the world. Therefore, if you’re looking to make a statement, look no further!
Available in Oak only
Boen 8 15/64″ Wide in 86 39/64″ Long:
Boen also offers 8 15/64″ wide plank flooring in 86 39/64″ fixed length. The boards are also wire brushed and come in a natural oiled finish as well.
Available in Oak only
Boen Wide Plank: 8(15/64)″ width
Mercier 8 1/8″ Wide with 3/4″ Thickness in Random Length:
Mercier is the inventor of prefinished hardwood in the world and this Canadian manufacturer has been in business for over 40 years now. Mercier has its own exclusive finish called Generations Intact 1000 and Generations intact 2500. Generations intact 2500 is the harder of the two and has 10 times more wear-resistant than the average lacquer. Mercier offers a wide variety of colors, textures, and styles in their 8 1/8″ wide hardwood. Their intact 2500 commercial flooring finish is offered for an up-charge on the entire line now.
Species Available in 8 1/8″ width:
- Hard Maple
- Yellow Birch (can be wire brushed)
- White Oak (can be wire brushed)
- Red Oak (can be wire brushed)
Mercier Hardwood Flooring
Purparket 7.9″ Wide with 5/8″ Thickness in Random Length:
Purparket specializes in European White Oak and they are famous for their exclusive ceramic-bead infused oil finish. Basically, this is a no-maintenance oil finish with nanotechnology. Purparket hardwood flooring is produced in Croatia and finished in Canada.
Ideal for Large Spaces
Wide plank flooring provides depth especially in big spaces, creating an open look. They’re ideal for open concept spaces and they’re designed for an aesthetically harmonious integrated experience. Wider width means fewer seams when installed.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are wide plank wood floors more expensive?
Yes, wide plank flooring in general is more expensive compared to the more standard widths. This is especially true when it comes to hardwood flooring.
Are wide plank floors better?
In interior design, wide plank flooring is super popular these days. Wider planks will give you fewer seams that tend to go well in modern design for creating a more harmonious look. However, in regards to the actual performance of the product, there is no difference between wide or narrow boards.
Is wide plank flooring cheaper to install?
No, this is a wrong perception in the industry. Wide planks take just as much time when it comes to installation, if not longer.
Canadian Home Style is your award-winning flooring retailer in the Lower Mainland with a showroom located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. We specialize in custom hardwood jobs and love working with quality Canadian or European brands. We are a proud member and contributor of the National Wood Association, NWFA, and British Columbia Floor Covering Association, BCFCA. We are a 5-star family-owned and operated company and we offer the highest standards of installation in the flooring industry. Visit our showroom and let us celebrate our Canadian way of quality craftsmanship with you.