April 7, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 14
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Make your floor a showpiece
Make your floor a showpiece
Sometimes older is better (ask any wine connoisseur). But sometimes, new technology and techniques create a product that is better than the original.

That's the case with wide plank flooring. Prized for its historical charm and weathered patina, wide plank flooring adds warmth and character to any room. "Our floors offer the variations, subtleties and character of traditional flooring, while offering the structural superiority, enhanced durability and extended life of new wood," says Don Carlisle, president of Carlisle Wide Plank Floors.

The company goes to great lengths to recreate the look of aged wood floors, starting with hand selecting the timber from its wide selection of both old growth Eastern white pine and old growth heart pine, as well as a complete line of classic hardwoods, including. cherry, red and white oak, white and brown maple, hickory, birch, ash and walnut.

The Eastern white pine offers the traditional look of old New England and is the company's most popular product. "This is the floor that best represents the history and tradition of this country, and a simpler time that many people long for," says Carlisle. The old growth heart pine, harvested in the South, is carefully cultivated for its rich amber-orange patina. This wood was used in many of the buildings, factories and mills built around the turn of the 20th century during the Industrial Revolution. This special Longleaf species was sought after not only for its beauty but also for its strength and durability.

The company also has a large inventory of historic wood that has been salvaged from old mills, barns and homes. These boards are subject to the same stringent processes as newly sawn wood.

Carlisle floors are proudly displayed in many historic inns and museums, such as the Jethro Coffin House on Nantucket; Williamsburg, Va.; and Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, N.H. Still, Carlisle says, "Our focus is on the homeowner and helping our customers find the perfect one-of-a-kind floor, regardless of the style of home or type of wood."

Nothing sets a warm, natural, welcoming tone for a home more than beautiful wide plank flooring. Whether you're going for old world charm or a more modern look, wide plank flooring offers beauty and durability.

To find out more about Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, visit

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