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Do Hardwood Flooring Lengths Really Matter?

Do Hardwood Flooring Lengths Really Matter?

by birgit


If you are starting the process of looking for new wood flooring you may have some questions about what elements of variables really matter. In reality there are a lot of different elements to take into consideration and many of them are really important to ensuring you will love your need wood floor.

Some of the elements you are selecting when getting a new hardwood floor will affect how your family enjoys and uses your floor. Species and finish are some of the elements that affect how the floor wears and withstands damage. These elements are generally the first to consider and some of the most important elements. Next you will have plank width, plank length and stain options. These elements are still important but are about cosmetic advantages rather than functionality.

Many homeowners wonder how the plank length can really matter, especially after installation. Imagine it like a tile floor, each time there is grout your line of sight is interrupted. The less junctions you see the more open and airy the room will feel because your eyes will be drawn along the boards. The bevel on a prefinished or engineered floor works a lot like the grout of a tile when it comes to visual representation.

Long length boards are more natural looking than choppy short boards. A small room can really benefit from the longer length boards because it makes the room feel larger. Larger space still benefit from the long planks by making them feel open and spacious.

While long length planks are the main focus, varied lengths are still very important. Hardwood looks best with a variety of board lengths to give it some visual interest. It also looks most natural when the boards are not a uniform length. Wood is a natural substance so when there is a variety in the length it has the most cohesive look. When you have consistent length boards the floor will begin to look choppy or patterned.

Finally, when working with wider widths you will need to pay even more attention to board lengths. The boards need to be longer when the planks are wider to ensure they don’t look stumpy. The width of the plank can cause even a normal length board to look short. When you are installing a new floor the distributor and mill are a great resource for making sure you get all the elements you are looking for. Ask if they can show you some board samples to ensure you are getting the width you are looking for.

Longer boards are a great way to add yet another beautiful element to your new wood floors.

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