width of wood flooring

kelleg69December 14, 2008

We will have oak floors on our first floor and the hallway in our second. If you have wood, what width plank did you go with? I am thinking a bit wider planks that I currently have (the ones now are about 2.5 inches?). New ones would be more like 3.5-4 (not sure what the norms are). If you have wider planks, I would love to see pictures and hear why you went with that width. Thanks.

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Well we have pine that is 2X6 structural upstairs and 1X6 on top of subfloor downstairs. They're actually closer to 5 inches than 6 inches. We went with the wide plank softwood because we wanted a farmhouse feel and many of the older houses here were built that way. It's definitely a more primitive/country look than the narrower hardwood floors.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 7:25AM
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We used 3, 4, and 5 inch wide planks of red oak, alternating. I guess we were non-committal?

    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 7:46AM
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We went with 3 1/4" planks. They are installing right now...will post pictures tomorrow!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 2:43PM
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We were going with 3 1/4 select white oak and the flooring people delivered 2 1/4. To make up for the mistake, they installed 4 inch select white oak which we love.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 3:39PM
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We used 3-1/4 white oak because we liked it better than the 2-1/4 and because we thought since the rooms were larger than in our old house it would look better.


    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 7:31PM
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Thanks everyone. I would love pictures from anyone who has any...

    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 8:40PM
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We went with a 4" wide hickory. I love the look of a wide board, but was concerned about the stability of the wood going any wider than 4". I also like varied widths, but the install price was going to be much more for us so we just stuck with one width. Here's a picture of our installed, but not yet finished floors.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 11:33PM
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I think mine's 5". Generally larger rooms will look better with wider planks. Also not to rehash the solid vs engineered thread, but wider planks of solid will show the effects of expansion/contraction more than engineered, meaning you may have larger gaps in winter (or buckling in summer if not installed correctly) than if you used narrower planks (of solid).

    Bookmark   December 16, 2008 at 12:42PM
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Hey, Kelleg. These aren't the best pictures - sawdust everywhere as they are still installing! They are 3 1/4 Cumaru. I currently have 3" oak and can notice the difference visually by just adding the 1/4". From house From house

    Bookmark   December 16, 2008 at 1:41PM
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Just remember that the wider the planks the more they will move between heating and cooling season as the humidity changes.

No finish can stop the changes, only slow it down slightly.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2008 at 8:22PM
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We've got 4" maple and LOVE them! We chose the larger widths because we have long spans of wood flooring and didn't want the "match stick" effect that we would have had with the narrower planks. I would have loved to go wider, but I was worried about stability.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2008 at 9:39PM
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We used 5" red oak. We have wood almost the entire first floor and the 5" look good. Where we live, suburb of Dallas, the heavy handscrapedlook is still popular. Instead, I had them scrape in the long direction only. I really like how it turned out. Sort of soft grooves. Not as rustic as when they handscraped in both directions. I also used a lighter stain than they normally use. Chestnut stain. More of a medium brown. Not super dark brown as many Old World homes use. Just some comments for an FYI. I have no idea what look you are going for.


PS I did the wood floors in our master bedroom and as great as it looks, I kind of wish I would have done nice soft carpet instead??? Not that the wood is cold, but it shows every piece of lint in there and that room can feel a little "cold" because I don't have any drapes in there yet. I think the carpeting would have made it feel cozier.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 9:39AM
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We are installing (today!!!) 5.25 inch heart pine throughout the house. Absolutely love them so far. I will send pics if interested.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 3:22PM
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Please post pics! I love heart pine. I was in a home today that was built in 1868 and the original heart of pine floors were so beautiful.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 5:20PM
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I will be happy to!! We struggled to figure out what we wanted. Looked at walnut, oak, maple, tiger wood, teak, but the heart pine just spoke to me. I want our home to have a coastal cottage feel, and the heart pine really fits the bill. They started the floors today, so I will post picks in their natural state. Our builder lays early. Since they are real 3/4 inch tongue and groove wood, they will be sanded and "polyed" before we move in.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 6:39PM
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Thanks all. The pictures are helpful.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 7:28PM
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