Solid Wood Boards
The appearance of your floor will depend on the species of tree from which it is made. Each species has its own identifying grain pattern, like a fingerprint or signature. The pronounced grain of oak, for instance, would never be mistaken for the more subtle grain of maple. Current trends boast exotic woods and bamboo flooring. Coles offers many different species, each offering its own distinct look.
Board width is crucial in how a floor will look in your home. The narrower board widths are referred to as ‘strips’ and the wider board widths are known as ‘planks’. Narrow board width will expand the appearance of a smaller room, and wider board widths work well in a larger room or area.
The thicker the floor, the stronger the floor, and the less likely that it will be to warp, twist or cup. With quality hardwood flooring, you can count on the exact thickness claimed for its wear layer. But as thinner wear layers are less expensive to produce, cheap flooring is often found to have a wear layer that is thinner than what is claimed.
A high gloss finish is appropriate for low-traffic rooms such as dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms. A semi-gloss finish is ideal for moderate-to-high traffic areas such as family rooms. And satin and low luster finishes are suitable for high-traffic areas including kitchens and hallways.
The edge style of the boards is just as important as their width and finish in establishing the character of your floor. A square edge means boards fit flush against each other for a smooth, traditional look. A micro bevel or full bevel edge creates an angled effect where boards meet, to create more depth and dimension.
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