Sometimes engineered hardwood floors are exactly what you're looking for. They're more environmentally friendly, withstand moisture better, are more dimensionally stable and are less expensive than their solid wood counterparts. If you're looking for engineered floors, what manufacturer should you consider? We'd recommend Owens Plank Flooring! Their engineered PlankFloor is an eco-friendly alternative that makes a fantastic addition to any home.
About Owens Plank Flooring
What do we love about Owens Plank Flooring? As Hosking Hardwood explains, "The construction of Owens Engineered Flooring is nothing short of perfect. Using the highest quality baltic birch plywood, Owens fuses 9 layers together using their PUR Glue, creating an incredibly stable core."
Known for its versatility, this manufacturer's flooring comes in a wide variety of widths, lengths and designs. Plus, unlike thin laminates, Owens engineered wood flooring has a life expectancy and appearance similar to traditional 3/4-inch floors.
You may know you want hardwood floors in your home, and you may even know which species and shade you want, but another important factor to consider is selecting a flooring pattern that fits your vision. There are nine common options we introduce below; each of these flooring designs will aid in creating a beautifully unique and stunning atmosphere in any space.
Plank Width Options
Random Width: Just as the name implies, random width hardwood flooring involves hardwood boards of various widths. This pattern is especially popular in smaller areas as the planks of different widths can create the illusion of a larger space. Plus, the design options are endless - from alternating planks of differing widths (such as 3-inch, 4-inch or 6-inch boards) to no pattern whatsoever.
Wide Plank: Another pattern that is exactly as it sounds, wide plank flooring features wide hardwood flooring boards (at least 6 inches in width) laid side by side. This is also a fantastic option if you’re interested in using reclaimed wood throughout your home; many recycled materials, such as old barns, can be made into wide planks with a lot of character.
Do you want your hardwood floors to stand out? In addition to finding the perfect species and finish, another consideration is design. We've discussed plank width and diagonal patterns already, but there are additional ways to add a decorative element to your floors: through parquet and basket weave patterns, picture frame borders, and medallions and laser inlays.
Parquet Hardwood Flooring Pattern
As a popular choice, parquet consists of a decorative geometric mosaic of wood. This hardwood flooring pattern's fascinating history and custom installation patterns make it worth considering for your home.
The History of Parquet Hardwood Floors
Parquet floors were developed by the French in 1625 as a way to replace marble floors, which required supportive joists that often rotted. Another benefit to the new parquet hardwood floors were their ease to clean.
Because of the attention to detail they required, these floors were only available to wealthy and royal families. In the 1700s, parquet hardwood floors were available in various estates throughout Europe. In fact, this is where the term "parquet" originated. It was first coined as the way to refer to a "little forest," due to the fact that the use of all this solid wood in the floors recalled the woods that surrounded Versailles and all the other majestic French and European mansions, villas and residences.
You may have your new hardwood flooring species and finish picked out, but what design do you want for your new wood floors? Here are three popular diagonal patterns to consider.
Floor Design Idea 1: The Herringbone Pattern
Do you want your hardwood floors to really pop? One design option you may want to consider is a herringbone pattern. Used as early as Roman times, the herringbone pattern is created by arranging wood planks or tiles in alternating, zig-zagging 90-degree angles. This pattern is named after the bone pattern of herring fish, which "consists of very short rows of slanted parallel lines." You can distinguish it from chevron by looking at the end of the plank or tile; if it's square than the pattern is herringbone, and if it's cut at a 30-45 degree angle it's chevron.
Why Choose a Herringbone Pattern?
Here are five benefits to this flooring pattern:
- Although it may look unique and expensive, a herringbone pattern can actually be both cost-effective and stunning in your home.
- This hardwood flooring pattern gives your floors more movement, which helps make the room feel more spacious.
- The herringbone pattern works well with more than hardwood floors; consider it for tile as well. In fact, depending on the material you use, it can give your home a rustic feel.
- The herringbone pattern makes the hardwood floors very strong; the pattern actually, "spreads the load over twice as much area, absorbing high compression," giving it a lot of structural stability.
- Tile flooring and hardwood floors designed with this pattern have a lot of versatility; depending on the room's design, they can be either subtle or commanding.
A word of caution: Because the herringbone pattern is so interesting visually, make sure you don't use too much of it. You don't want to overwhelm the space.