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Ready to begin choosing your wide plank floor?
Here's a few things to consider while designing the floor of your dreams.
Color and Texture
There are two main aspects to consider when visualizing what you want in your wide plank floor.
The first is the color. Broadly speaking, do you want a light or dark floor?
The second aspect to consider is the texture. Broadly speaking, do you want a smooth floor or a floor with texture?
Pre-Finished or Site-Finished
You will have two options regarding finishing your floor. Do you want us to pre-finish the flooring here, or do you want your contractor to finish it on site?
There's a trade-off here--pre-finishing your floor means less mess and a faster and easier installation, but it also means less control over the final look, less possible texture, and a higher cost for the material.
Site-finishing your floor will give you a high level of control over the final look, allow you to preserve rustic texture, and the material will cost less. The trade-off here though, is that you will need to pay a contractor to finish it, it will be messier, and it will take longer.
Solid or Engineered
As a custom mill, we can mill any floor that we make as either solid wood or engineered wood.
If you don't know, engineered flooring is hardwood flooring that has baltic-birch plywood base for added lateral stability. The hardwood on top of the plywood base is called the "wear layer." Our wear layer is very thick – over an eighth of an inch of solid wood! This is enough hardwood to be sanded and refinished several times.
So why might you go with engineered? Extreme climate, humidity, or temperature variation. If your space has extremely high or variable humidity, then you will want to consider engineered flooring. If you are installing the flooring over radiant heat, you may want to consider engineered hardwood. If the floor will be exposed to water, or is in a vacation property that will not be climate controlled year-round, you will want to consider engineered hardwood.
Custom Flooring Treatments
That warm, one-of-a-kind feeling can be found in any one of our hardwood flooring products. But for the savvy customer who wants to add their personal touch, we offer our custom-treatment and milling services.
SINGLE WIDTH FLOOR: For a subtle touch of custom flooring and uniform appearance, our flooring planks can be requested in same size widths.
WIRE BRUSHING: The floor is brushed with a hard wire brush to scrape the softer wood from the surface of each plank, leaving only the hardest wood and emphasizing the grain patterns with a three dimensional look.
BEVELED/EASED EDGE: The process in which we taper the edges of each hardwood plank to create a dimensional effect between each board. "Eased-edge" boards typically have a less prominent taper than the traditional "beveled-edge." Call to discuss our beveled, eased or micro-beveled treatment options.
END MATCHING: The process of adding an extra tongue-in-groove to the ends of each board allowing them to lock into place on all sizes. NOTE: End-matching is not necessary on wide plank flooring boards. Please call one of our representatives to ask if end-matching is the right option for your floor.
OVER-SIZED BOARDS: A truly select request that defies what you know about hardwood flooring! Although our standard milling tolerances allow for boards to be created up to 12" wide, we've crafted custom-milled flooring planks in widths up to 26". Boards these size rarely become available. If you have something like this in mind for your project, please call us for information and availability.
SHORT BOARDS: An attractive, and cost effective solution to wide plank flooring by specifying the use of shorter pieces to fill your order. Flooring planks will generally range from 2’ to 5’ in length and will create a unique look and feel that accentuates the mixture of grain and variances in color of our many species.
SELECT GRADE: Customers can request our wood flooring with a specific light or heavy mixture of knotholes or character marks.
RIFT or QUARTER-SAWN: Rift and quarter-sawn flooring boards are most commonly found in the homes of the master craftsman. Requiring a great deal of patience and ability, this process showcases the natural textures of the species, beauty of the grain and preserves the old-style tradition of refined craftsmanship.
If you don't see what you're looking for here, please call us and tell us what you'd like your floor to become.
In order to budget for your project, you will want to have an estimate of the total square footage required for your project. We recommend adding 10% to your number as a waste factor.
Ordering, Delivery and Timeline Expectations
Lead times for custom wide plank flooring can range from four to seven weeks depending upon several factors. You will want to know when you need the material on site so the project and milling can be planned accordingly.