Plank flooring is created with solid planks of wood which could be on the hardwood or synthetic wooden varieties. Today wooden planked flooring can be created in different ways. Older homes often have traditional hardwood planked flooring while new homes have planks installed over existing floors to create a wooden look as well as to increase durability of the floor. There are contractors who specialize in flooring solutions and can be contacted to provide different options for durability as well as aesthetics.
How traditional board flooring is done?
When it comes to traditional plank flooring, high standard hybrid vinyl planks, these are laid directly on supporting floor joists. In many places an insulating layer is first created to help keep homes warm as well as build in a layer of fire resistance. Planks used for flooring are thick and wide and designed to last a lifetime. They can be painted, stained or used in untreated form which changes the overall look of the floor. House owners who are getting their floors done can make a choice as per their personal preferences. The planks are usually mounted on joists with the help of wooden pegs, these match the flooring plank color. There could be other forms of attachment techniques used as well.
Kinds of woods used
When it comes to wooden plank based flooring, there can be different woods used. Usually softer woods like pine are not used for flooring purposes. Oak and cedar are more common while other exotic hardwood varieties include rubber wood, ironwood, redwood and ebony. Flooring and carpet stores can provide customers with several choices. However, the installation needs to be done by experts so that the floors are long standing, even in high traffic areas. Also, when the planks fail, they are easy to replace without having to tear up a whole floor section.
Appeal of wooden floors
Even though true wooden floors are expensive to create, the character of hardwood varieties retained in wooden planks makes them unique and aesthetically pleasing. Woods have knots and whorls that create a rustic and natural effect. Such flooring can look elegant as well, such as when you use beech or ash. However, it is important to ensure that your source hardwood in a sustainable manner. When you are opting for such material from a flooring specialist ensure that the hardwood is opted from sustainable farms or recycled wood is used. There are other synthetic wood materials that can also mimic the look and finish of hardwood varieties and are cheaper to source.