Thursday, 11 April 2019

Our Favorite Hardwood Floor | Wide Plank White Oak


When we tell people we manufacture and sell solid hardwood floors around 11.5" wide, they look at us as if we're mad, especially if they are in the flooring market. To most people, the wider the board the more inclined you are to have problems with cupping, gaps, etc.. We can happily say that our broad plank live sawn white oak is our trouble free hardwood flooring option, and also the one where we receive the fewest complaints.

The live sawn method of sawing the boards causes it to be incredibly stable, minimizing cupping, gaps, and squeaks if installed correctly. Of course, all of these issues can occur in environments with extreme humidity changes however happens less compared to other hardwood floors choices.

Because of the rustic appearance and texture of most live sawn floors you barely notice cupping if it will happen. This makes the live sawn white oak an ideal hardwood flooring option for a cottage environment which will have more relative humidity changes than a normal residence.

In a very dry environment, even hardwood flooring as stable as our live sawn white pine can shrink. At a rustic wide plank hardwood floor, openings are nearly expected and truly don't take away from the overall look and appeal of this floor. In a conventional hardwood floor, particularly one with a dark stain, gaps in the floor are magnified. This is particularly true with quite light woods such as walnut, hickory, and ash. If the floor has a blot, the tongues on the planks are still white and as soon as the wood shrinks, this white tongue is exposed. This isn't an issue with natural flooring but very evident when the wood is painted.

Obviously, most people expect engineered hardwood flooring to be our most difficulty free floors option but it is not. When a solid wide plank reside sawn white oak flooring is dried out, it shrinks and the worst case scenario is you get some gaps between the planks. When a broad plank engineered floor is dried out, the surface wood coating shrinks and the plywood below does not. This causes the surface wood layer to check and crack. When we make the broad plank engineered floor with a two-pass or distressed end with a low gloss , these cracks are less noticeable, but are still there. With proper humidification these cracks should close up but will always be there.

Another reason we have so few complaints with our broad plank reside sawn white pine is because of
its rustic look. Clients purchasing this floor are anticipating a great deal of personality rather than a perfect flooring. Wood is a natural product and there's not any such thing as an ideal floor. If a live sawn white oak floor becomes dented or scratched, it adds to the character and allure of this ground. On a standard hardwood floor using a totally smooth finish, the same dents take away from the look of the ground and are considered by the majority of clients to be a problem requiring repair. These scratches and dents look particularly bad on a floor with a dark stain and a higher gloss finish. So there you have it, these are the reasons why I would much prefer to sell somebody wide plank reside sawn white pine than every other floor.

Me- I do not receive complaints. Folks call to inform me how much they adore their flooring that's extremely rewarding and music to my ears.

Builder- The contractor does not have to be cautious when protecting the hardwood flooring on the jobsite. With a standard hardwood flooring, it is like everybody working in the house is walking on eggshells. Installer- The broad boards and long boards create the installation faster and easier. If the installer drops a instrument on the floor or dents it somehow, it only adds to the look. Face claws may be used a little bit more in some areas because when stuffed correctly, they will seldom be noticed.

Homeowner- Any ground, however hard the wood, will get dented and scraped. With our broad plank reside sawn white oak, these dents add to the appearance or can easily be touched up so they aren't visible.

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