nail down hardwood floors - regular bundle or longer boards?
We are having 700 square feet of 3.25" rift and quartered red oak flooring installed in our kitchen/family room (big open space 18x27) and hallway. Site nail down, site finished, matte finish, no stain. I do not want too many "shorts" visible in my floor. We are installing cabinets after the floors go down and we have 2 closets as well - shorts can be hidden under there. Regular bundles are random lengths 1-7' long. I can order longer boards 2-10' random lengths for about $2 extra per square foot.
What portion of a nested bundle are shorts? Installers say the average length in the nested bundle is about 3' - but averages do not tell the whole story! That could be something like one 7' board and four 1' boards. Is it worth the extra money to order the longer boards?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!