WIDE PLANK FLOORS by Charles Thibeau Even square-edged #3 pine can turn out a distinctive and durable floor Customers choose wide plank flooring for a number of reasons. Those purchasing wide pine are often working on Colonial restorations or reproductions —or sometimes simply want a rustic country character. Wide hardwood flooring, on the other hand, gives a very contemporary look. Because it is relatively uncommon, it looks more distinctive than standard strip flooring. It is also more expensive. For example, the material cost of 4-to 9-inch oak is roughly twice the cost of standard strip oak. What Species? We mill wide pine flooring from Eastern white pine (pinus strobus) in random widths from 12 to 30 inches. For floors, most contractors buy 12- to 18- inch