Good news for all the people who like plank flooring. Plank flooring is anything over 3¼” in width. Planks run 4”, 5”, and 6”, all the way up to seven or 8 inches in width. Up until now, I was not a big fan of plank flooring because basic woodworking principles say any board over 3¼” may cup, warp or crown.
My recent trip to Las Vegas to check out the surface convention changed all that. My distributors, who were also there, introduced me to a manufacturer of plank flooring who explained the new manufacturing technique they are using for better stability.
What plank flooring manufacturers are doing now is making wider flooring in an engineered form. From the top it looks exactly like solid flooring, but there is about an 1/8” of sanding surface with plywood underneath which gives stability to the wider board. What a wonderful, and long-overdue concept in hardwood flooring!
With this new technology, wide boards are not as prone to cupping or warping, which makes plank flooring much more appealing than it used to be. For those who like the look of wider boards but didn’t like the issues that often came with planks, this is great news.