How to specify the perfect wide-plank wood floor

There are few more impressive sights than a wide-plank wood floor stretching majestically across the full expanse of a room. The timeless simplicity of the wide plank is aesthetically irresistible; it transcends particularities of style to provide the perfect visual foil for any interior. Whether living in a classic period property or a pared-back modernist interior, in town or in the country, wide-plank is quite simply the purest expression of a wood floor.

Beauty does have its price however. Wide-plank wood floors have historically been synonymous with a major drawback – their instability. The changing of the seasons and modern heating and cooling systems mean that 21st-century floors are constantly subjected to extremes in temperature and humidity. As a result, gaps can appear between planks, or cupping and warping may become visible, or the floor may even detach from the sub-floor. Non-engineered solid wide-plank wood floors will invariably deteriorate in these ways, as will poor-quality engineered variants. That is why it is crucial not only to choose a correctly engineered plank when specifying a wide-plank wood floor, but also to have it installed by wide-plank experts.

Element7 has been in the vanguard of the engineered wood-flooring revolution since it began. As you can see from our client list, Element7 is favoured by a host of high-end architectural and design practices. This is because, of all the various engineered wide-plank wood floors available, the Element 7 wide-plank has proved itself to be by far the most stable – an engineered wide-plank wood floor’s most important attribute. Our uncompromisingly engineered “balanced and blocked” planks are available in widths of up to a phenomenal 350mm and in lengths of up to a stunning 5m.

Understand what differentiates an Element7 wide-plank from others.