Which Direction Should Hardwood Flooring in Toronto Run?

How do you choose the length and layout of hardwood flooring in Toronto?

Typically, and in most preferred fashion, hardwood flooring comes in long boards. When you’re looking at wood flooring products, the specifications are generally based on the length. Did you know that a shorter board indicates a cheaper board? Hardwood flooring customers who desire an elegant look to their home or condo, give this first consideration when making their purchase.

Lengths of Wood

Choosing the length of Wood

It is recommended to run the lengths of wood from the front door to the back of the house, not unlike the design of a bowling alley. That allows for a consistent flow and avoids a choppy, broken-up appearance. The exception to the rule would be if you were working in a larger space and wanted to create an elegant pattern or design. Another situation that Toronto hardwood flooring customers may encounter occurs when trying to match an existing hardwood floor. Often, creating a distinctly contrasting design will allow original flooring to shine through with the addition of another colour or direction of the wood. In tiny spaces, such as bedrooms, or offices, the room may be wider than it is long, thus laying the flooring on the vertical will help create the illusion of length in the room and balance it out.

What if your Toronto Hardwood Flooring is being laid in an older home?

If you’re laying a new floor in an older house with a plywood sub-floor, the first thing you’ll need to consider is the direction of the supporting floor joists. If the joists run parallel, the safest choice is to start with perpendicular boards across the floor joists which allows them to support the new floor and the sub-floor. If you decide to go parallel with the floor joists, you may be disappointed to discover a sagging sub-floor over time, because of the lack of support across the beams. Not only will this take away from an aesthetically pleasing appearance, but you could also end up with cracked floorboards—not a good look at all! In the long run, repairs, if not a total replacement of your hardwood flooring could be the unfortunate result.

Older Home


What if I want to get fancy?

If you’re feeling creative, but have limited experience, you may want to consider enlisting the expertise of a hardwood flooring specialist. While patterns, like the herringbone design, can give personality to a room, creating this look is definitely not a DIY weekend project. Something else to consider when choosing to go with a unique pattern is the increased cost. Because of the waste involved in multiple cuts, you will probably have to purchase more flooring, which can be upwards of 15% more than traditional parallel placement. Now that you know a little bit more about the “direction” this path should take, call Chestnut Flooring to get started on your hardwood floor adventure!

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