Perception Versus Reality

What is a “Wide Plank Floor”?

Sizing up perceptions

Compared to the typical strip width of 2-1/4” to 3” offered in most of today’s mass produced wood flooring, a 5” wide board would definitely be considered wide. On the other hand, you can find pine flooring boards as wide as 30” in homes along the Eastern Seaboard that were built 200 years ago.

The true measure of quality

So what is wide?

Carlisle has produced wood floors since 1966, and our planks go up to 20” wide, our average width is in the 8–10” range. That’s nearly double the widest width of mass produced wood floors. This is because it takes a completely different approach to produce boards of this width.

A true wide plank floor cannot be mass produced. From the careful selection of old-growth trees, to unique milling equipment, to year-long drying, and individually crafting each board, it’s a process of patience, dedication and superior quality that we call SlowCraft™. It means every board, in every wide plank floor we sell, is made to measure up to our satisfaction … and yours.

The ultimate dimensions of style

Why is width so important?

In addition to the rich grain patterns and detailed craftsmanship that comes from our SlowCraft™ process, our wide plank wood floors create a floor with fewer seams, which elevates the luxurious feel of any room. In fact, a Carlisle wide plank floor can reduce the number of seams by 80% compared to a typical wood floor.

For instance, in a room that’s 20 feet wide and 20 feet long using standard 3” wide strips that average 3’ in length, you would have a total of 640 edge and butt seams. The result would be a very busy appearance that actually obscures the look of the wood itself.

However, using typical Carlisle wide plank flooring that measure 8” wide, with an average length of 7’, the floor would have only 120 seams. This greatly simplifies the look and allows the beauty of the wood to stand out.

Wider, longer boards are the most essential element of design in creating remarkable, and memorable, wood floors … Carlisle wide plank floors.


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