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Issues surrounding Wide Plank Flooring and how to address them

Posted by on April 26, 2013

If you are thinking about having wide plank hardwood flooring installed in your home, the product itself looks wonderful. It has that country feel by providing that essence of wood burning with an oil based finish containing and assortment of rich colours. You have the sense with wide plank flooring that this type of flooring system would be great for your decorating needs. As the sales staff at Canadian Flooring Downsview, we want to let our entire customer base know that wide plank flooring is very nice; however there are rules – once something is wider, there are more shrinkage problems. While we attempt to create a decorating dream for our entire customers in mind; items such as wide planks with rich colours and long lengths are issues that we need to address.

It is understood that wood floors such as wide plank flooring should last for a good period of at least 10 years, so we need to inform all our customers in Toronto, Ontario and the GTA of the functionality and performance that relates with the wood floors that you are interested in installing in your home. If you have a home that is dry, your flooring will be dry as well. Signs that your home has humidity is that the showers may be running a lot, the windows may be sweating, and with that, the humidity in the home can rise as well.

Wide plank hardwood flooring is no different, as it will both expand and contract reflecting these changes, as it can shrink on dry days and expand on wet days. For example, a 6″ wide plank can either expand or shrink more than a 3″ wide plank on a certain change in the humidity in your Toronto home. This unfortunately puts pressure on the nails used to hold the wood in place, with a 6″ wide plank wood floor having only half the amount of nails needed to hold it down compared with a 3″ floor.

Therefore, when the wide plank wood will want to move, it may react more so than a narrow wood floor; for example wider boards will contain less nails & with the humidity change result in more problems. So with that said, what can be done to deal with this?

Canadian Flooring Downsview has some solutions that will help you alleviate this problem:

  • Make sure that you control the humidity levels in your Toronto Ontario home with both air conditioners and with humidifiers, limiting seasonal variations
  • Choose a wood floor that is narrower and contains more nails resulting in fewer problems regarding your wide plank flooring

Whatever it is, wide plank flooring is great options and Canadian Flooring Downsview will be able to assist you in choosing the right flooring for you.

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