Today Devin writes:

What are the advantages of going with a wider plank wood floor?  The one I’m looking at is available in a 3″ wide plank and 5″ wide plank and I don’t know what one to choose or why.

When it comes to deciding between a 3″ or a 5″ plank, price is usually a factor.  The 3″ plank is less expensive because it was easier to make.  What you’re getting by using the more expensive 5″ plank is a cleaner look to the floor, because the planks are wider, visually there are less lines.

This of course, does not take into account what type of flooring you are looking at.  Because some wood species have more prominent grain to begin with.  And a 3″ width is still a good size.

Wood Flooring Plank Size

A  5″ wide plank also looks more expensive, not just because it is.  The most commonly used size of plank is 2 1/4″ because it is the least expensive.  So just that little 3/4″ difference looks more expensive.  Typically speaking you can expect up to $2.00 per square foot difference in price between a 3″ and 5″ wide wood flooring.

There is no right or wrong decision when it comes to which wood flooring plank size to use.  I suggest figuring out what is most important to you and go from there.  Are you looking to keep the price down or are you looking for cleaner lines and a more expensive looking flooring?

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Written by Amanda Hartley