It is rare to find a solid hardwood plank which is wider than 5 1/2", since the bigger the plank the greater the propensity for movement caused by changes in humidity. The advent of engineered planks has made widths of 7" quite normal, but at Havwoods we are only happy to offer exceptionally stable planks at widths in excess of 8".
All wood is hydroscopic. This means that, no matter how well it has been seasoned and finished, when humidity is high it will absorb some moisture from the air, causing it to swell. As the air dries, as it does when activating heating or air conditioning in a room, the wood shrinks back. Over time, in a confined space like on a floor, this continual swelling and shrinking can result in the planks warping or gapping.
Engineering wood - creating a board using multiple layers of wood - makes it virtually impossible for the board to swell or shrink. In other words, it makes the wood more stable, thus meaning that wide plank hardwood flooring is not only beautiful, it also now perfectly practical.
At Havwoods we only class boards over 8" wide as wide plank hardwood flooring. All of these are planks which we consider to be particularly stable and come from our Pureplank, Venture Plank and Henley ranges; they are available from stock in widths up to 10".
The widest and most impressive of all our wide plank hardwood flooring offerings are those from our Hand Grade Collection. These are particularly impressive planks for use on the most prestigious sites and all are supplied in random mixed widths ranging from 11" to a spectacular 19" wide. The Hand Grade Collection is only available to order.