When customers stop by the shop, we ask them to imagine the mood they want from their spaces. If it is the feeling and character of an old farmhouse, a colonial-period home, a southwestern ranch, or even an old New York loft, then they’ve come to the right place. Colonial Plank Floors doesn’t do perfect, polished flooring. Our hardwood lumber in Colmar, Pennsylvania, has the style and character that years of living add to the planks. The choices you make (wood species, edge treatment, level of surface texture and distressing, and finish options) will determine the look, feel, and mood of your finished floor.
Old World Charm & Great Value!
100% Made in Pennsylvania
Every handcrafted plank goes through 10 woodworking steps, some using traditional hand tools. We match each plank against a master plank to check for fit, edging, and straightness, so you can be sure that they will fit together perfectly. We add just enough distressing, and we pay attention to details like matching custom thresholds and authentic 18th-century-style nails that are color-matched to the floor. Your material choices for your planking are defined by these three elements:
- Wood Species to Choose From
- Level of Surface Texture & Distressing
- Edge Treatments
We start with the best kiln-dried solid hardwood lumber from Pennsylvania and the surrounding states, which is supplied to us by a company that has been in the business since 1915. Our unique hand-cut plank floors are characterized by long boards (up to 13 feet, with an average of 9 feet) of solid hardwood with amazing hand-cut texture and beautiful hand-rubbed finishes. We predominantly work with two plank species because they were commonly used in early American homes and are still available locally in abundant quantity and high quality.
Rustic White Oak
Our 3/4-inch thick planks are virtually identical to milled, reclaimed oak but usually at a much lower total cost. Be sure when comparing reclaimed costs to consider the initial cost of the planks, extra waste factors, installation, finishing, and delivery costs. They are most popular in the 6-inch width. However, they are also available in 6, 7, and 9-inch widths. They have beautiful knots and more intricate graining than red oak, and they are perfect for the whole house, including kitchens and bathrooms. These floors make a great choice for almost any style, including colonial reproduction, farmhouse, loft or barn restorations, and commercial applications such as retail stores and restaurants.
Wide Red Oak
Our select red oak will have few knots and more uniform grain than our rustic white oak. They are also kiln-dried and come in ¾-inch thick planks in widths of 6, 7, and 9 inches, or 7, 9, and 11 inches, and their lengths will average close to 9 feet. Select red oak works with colonial reproduction, as well as more formal styles. They are most often finished with darker stains and either European oil or polyurethane top coats.
Other Hardwood Species
We do have other species available, including rustic cherry, rustic hickory, wormy red oak, walnut and poplar (poplar is great for painted flooring). Let us know if these are of interest to you, and we will prepare a quote based on current market prices for the material. Each is characterized by long boards (4 to 13 feet, with an average of 9 feet). Widths range from 5.75 to 10.75 inches (actual face widths). Each style is handcrafted and hand-finished, with your choice of stains and top coats.
We offer three different edging styles that really change the character of the floor and can be applied to any species.
Squared & Softened Edging
Using hand-sanding blocks and occasionally a rasp, we slightly round and soften all the top edges so the floor still has some texture but overall less shape than our hand-cut or live edging. This is a bit more of a contemporary or formal style. On rustic white oak, it's perfect for homes, lofts, barn renovations, and commercial applications. The joints between planks will be straight and tight. Top edges will have some soft texture between planks, so it still has our handmade look and the charm of a custom floor.
Live edged planks start with squared and softened edging. We then selectively cut in some random slight gapping between the planks in places so the joints between the planks aren’t perfectly straight like a modern floor. They also have a bit more texture on the side edges than squared and softened edges. Inspired by the original plank flooring we found in a cabin built in 1740 in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, these planks will closely resemble reclaimed planking.
We can also ease the top edges even more by hand-cutting, using old-style hand tools (leaves some tool chatter) for a more shaped style also true to early colonial planking. The most rustic planks combine the hand-cut edging and live edging so the planks have considerable character and shape on the top, and the side edges will have some slight random gapping along the edges of the planks so they don't look machined.
For a more rustic and aged style, extra distressing can be applied to any of our planks in the form of circular saw marks, band saw marks, wormholes, and deeper brushing. There is no charge for extra distressing. The amount of distressing is up to you, your taste, and imagination. The best instruction we’ve ever heard from a customer regarding distressing was, "Do it until you are ashamed!" We did, and they looked great. Most customers who want distressing go with 15% to 25% distressed planks, which will have some saw marks.