For a more traditional look, many of our clients select a random or mixed width floor. Historically, hardwood lumber was always milled from the log into various widths, based on the size and grade of the tree. Obviously, slicing a round log generates a variety of board widths.
Our great-grandfathers, never wasting a splinter of wood, made their homes and floors out of these varied width planks. And that vintage look is easily re-created with our random or mixed width plank floors.
For efficiency, we run our floors right to the inch width (3,4,5,6,7 & 8" face width for most species). So you can choose whatever multiple width look you like, but there are 2 specific styles:
Traditional Random Width Floors
This is the most cost effective floor we offer because there is very little waste in manufacturing and we are designing your floor layout based on what we have in stock or in current production. Usually 3 or 4 different widths. We provide a tally list of exactly how much of each you will receive to facilitate a simple installation. And we create a laying guide to help, its really not as confusing as it sounds. It is truly the most traditional and historically accurate hardwood floor, a random width floor also looks the most "natural" as you really see that you made the most of the tree.
Repeating Pattern Mixed Width Floors
Typically 2 or 3 different widths. Once you decide on a pattern that will repeat itself throughout the space, we can calculate exactly how much of each we'll need to ship you. Also called "equal lineal footage". We've found 3,5,7 or 4,6,8 to be popular patterns we ship a lot of. A great way to get the look and feel of a wide plank floor with a bit of zip.