Hardwood Flooring Plank Width & Dimensions

1/2 in Thick Wood Flooring

Whether solid wood or engineered wood flooring, there are many factors to consider when purchasing new wood flooring for your space. One of those factors is overall plank thickness. In the world of wood flooring, this and the wear layer determines durability and longevity of the floor. ½ in thick wood flooring is a good choice if you go the engineered hardwood route. Plank thicknesses range, but you can typically find engineered hardwood planks in either a 3/8 in or ½ in thickness. ½ in thick wood floors – engineered, that is - comes with several benefits, including the ability to float the floor, added durability, and installation in humid locations.1/2 in thick wood flooring

Installation
Engineered wood flooring offers more installation versatility, including the floating floor installation method. This means the planks do not have to be glued or stapled down to the subfloor, but can simply be glued or connected to each other. GoHaus offers several ½ in thick wood flooring options that can be installed in this manner and is stable enough to float. Thinner wood floor planks aren’t typically stable enough to float and must be glued or nailed down to the subfloor.

Product Longevity & Moisture Prone Areas
Engineered wood planks are constructed with multiple wood ply layers (usually between 3-12 layers) and a top wear layer of hardwood veneer. Due to the cross ply construction of the bottom layers; the ½ in thick wood floors are given added stability and will not expand and contract the way solid wood floor planks do when faced with seasonal changes and moisture in the air.

Similar to solid hardwood floors, a benefit of engineered wood floors is that they can be sanded and refinished. ½ in thick wood floor coverings often come with a wear layer of 2mm, allowing it to be lightly sanded and refinished at least once or twice.

As we mentioned previously, ½ in thick hardwood flooring – engineered, specifically – works well in moisture prone areas (such as a bathroom), below ground (such as basements), or over concrete subfloors. Once again, this is possible because of the engineered wood’s cross ply construction, which prevents the expanding and contracting typical of solid wood floors.

GoHaus carries six ½ in thick engineered wood floors. All have a 2mm Chinese Maple wood veneer, hand scraped detailing (which gives the floor a very realistic solid wood look), and 10 coats of UV-cured aluminum oxide finish. These floors can also be installed by nailing, gluing, or floating the planks.

If you have any questions about the engineered hardwood floor coverings we carry, please reach out to us directly at 1-844-334-2877 or email us at support@gohaus.com.

24-72 In Long Wood Flooring

When you receive a box of wood flooring, either engineered or solid, you’ll notice a few different plank lengths. Have no fear; this is not a manufacturer mistake. Generally speaking, floors come in 24-72 in long wood flooring planks; several 72 inch pieces with one or two smaller 24-48 inch pieces sprinkled in the box as well. The reason manufacturers send 24-72 in long wood floors is for aesthetics and stability. From an aesthetics standpoint, your wood floor planks should be staggered, meaning the seams should not line up when laid right next to each other, in order to avoid having a continuous perpendicular line running along the floor. Staggering the planks also helps create a more stable floor, as the ends of the planks are weaker.

For the moments when you do receive boxes of 24-72 in long wood flooring, the best thing to do before install is organize the planks into similar lengths after the flooring has acclimated to the room environment. Once you’ve done this, you should begin laying planks down parallel to the longest running wall. As you do this, you should be alternating between the 24-72 in long wood flooring planks in order to start creating the staggered pattern.

As you move into the second row, begin your 24-72 in long wood floor with a plank that is of a different size than the first plank in the first row. The ends of these side-by-side planks should be at least 6 inches away from one another. Continue alternating plank lengths for a consistent staggered pattern, making sure that similar plank sizes are not laid right next to each other.

Even though you’ll receive planks in several different lengths, it’s important to point out that 24-72 in long wood floors will still require additional cuts to be made to some planks. Every room is different in size and shape, so it is not uncommon to have to cut the end planks that meet the wall in order to accommodate the space. If you have a professional installing the 24-72 in long wood planks, then he or she will do the cutting and install. If you are installing, then you will need a miter saw to cut the planks as needed.

GoHaus offers 6 types of 24-72 in long flooring planks, all of which are engineered hardwood. The nice thing about this type of floor is that you can also install using a floating floor method, meaning you simply glue the planks together and not to the subfloor.

If you have any questions about the flooring lengths we carry, please reach out to us directly at 1-844-334-2877 or email us at support@gohaus.com.

7.5 In Wide Wood Flooring

7.5 inch wide wood flooringOne of the most popular trends in the flooring industry is wide plank wood flooring. The wider the plank, the more emphasis that is placed on the tactile qualities of the floors, from knots to worm holes to grain quality. So if you’re in the market for 7 1/2 in wide wood flooring, you’re in luck. You are not limited to any particular type of construction of hardwood. Wide plank flooring is available in nearly every species from pine to oak to maple. Getting large width planks like 7 ½ in wide wood floors is not as hard as it may seem!

All planks ranging 6 inches and wider are considered wide plank. Over the last few years, wide plank wood flooring, such as 7 ½ in wide wood flooring, has become increasingly popular to install in order to increase the aesthetic value of homes. The longer and wider the planks are, the fewer number of seams on the floors upon installation. This simplifies the look of the floor and allows the natural beauty of the wood floors stand out.

7.5 inch wide wood floorsThe standard width of a hardwood plank is about 2.25 inches wide. Using thin 2.25 in planks will end up looking like patch work, due to the higher number of end seams on your floor. Consider wider and longer planks if this is not the style you want to achieve for your floors. 7 1/2 in wide wood floors are the ideal width to make a room feel longer and larger. Installing wide plank wood floors will make any room have a more authentic hardwood look.

Some manufacturers also offer a mixed width flooring option. Mixed width wide plank flooring is a new flooring trend where floorboards are grouped together in various widths in order to make a distinctive and unique floor. Determine the length and width that best suits your design plan and space. Pre-planning your floor installation process will help cut down on time and frustrations. Know which way the planks will be installed, how many square feet you need, and what plank size you need.

GoHaus offers many options of wide plank wood flooring. All of our wood flooring is 7.5 in wide and various lengths. We provide many options in width and length in order to give you a variety of options, while keeping design in mind. If you can’t decide which wide plank floor you love the most, we are always here to help!

 

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