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Seek the Natural Beauty of Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring

There’s just something about hardwood flooring that makes people happy.  While carpeting is nice in many respects, hardwood flooring has its own merits.  The inclusion of a hardwood floor into a room can really transform it into something special.

Hardwood floors come in all shapes and sizes, colors and grains.  Choosing a hardwood floor can sometimes feel like trying to choose the best piece of candy in a candy store.  With so many beautiful choices, the challenge is to find the perfect design that will blend in with your house seamlessly.  Or, if you want something different, designs that will make it pop can really draw the eyes of visitors.

From oaks to hickory, walnut to maple, there are many different wood choices available.  Once installed, it’s easy to see their beauty.  Shined, polished, and durable, the right wood flooring can give you a feeling of pride as well as feeling a little closer to nature.  When you seek out flooring, not only can you choose the wood types to install, but also the size.  There are various plank widths that you can look into, anywhere from 3 inches to 12 inches.  You may also want to ask about random placements – where wood planks are placed down in an alternating type of manner using different widths.  This style of flooring can really transform your room into something stylish.

Wide plank hardwood flooring is often available in two types; rustic grade and select grade.  Essentially, they are exactly what they sound like.  Rustic grade is generally considered to be a lower grade of lumber, with more knots and a higher variation in grain.  Select is considered to be a higher grade with fewer knots and a cleaner look.  Both are excellent in their own way, and depending on the kind of look and feel you are aiming for, one may easily win out over the other.

For people looking to “go green,” reclaimed lumber is an excellent choice.  The results can be as stunning (and in some cases, even more interesting) than fresh cut wood.  Reclaimed lumber includes pieces of wood that have been taken from old barns, structures, and so forth and have been manufactured into truly unique flooring planks.  Reclaimed lumber is the kind of wood that has character; you may see interesting color variations, old knots, weathering marks, and more.

Ask questions when seeking out the right wide plank hardwood flooring for your home.  Before you know it, you’ll be strolling over a smooth hardwood floor in no time!