Oak & Broad worked to outfit this home with mixed width engineered wide plank White Oak flooring for the absolute best in form and function. While we also offer White Oak flooring in solid plank options, this homeowner opted for the durability and cost effectiveness of engineered plank flooring. The final product is a beautiful home that incorporates different materials, colors and textures for a unique look.
What is Engineered Plank Flooring?
Hardwood floors consist of planks of solid wood. However, engineered plank flooring is manufactured by stacking layers of plywood and hardwood. The surface is covered with your choice of wood veneer, which provides the look and feel of solid wood for a lower price. Any stain can be applied to White Oak to achieve a customized look. Finally, this product is more moisture resistant. It can safely be installed in basements and other below ground rooms without worrying about warping.
For this project, we used a unique selection of planks to create an interesting variation in the flooring. The affect is that the floor avoids an overly planned or consistent look. The floor was constructed using mixed width planks that included 3”, 5” and 7” engineered planks. The planks also varied in length although they were designed to be longer and range from 5’-10’. In some ways, the floor ends up mimicking an actual forest, which is populated by different size trees.
Another interesting feature of this engineered wide plank White Oak flooring is that it is topped with a live-sawn veneer. This approach to cutting the raw logs showcases the full range of the wood’s grain. Each plank is cut from the log in the same direction without ever changing the position of the log. Not only does this provide a certain view of the wood grain, it is also the eco-friendliest way to cut logs and reduce waste.