Longstrip: 1-Strip, 2-Strip, 3-Strip
By Crystal Hosking, Hosking Hardwood Flooring
If you’ve ever browsed through the options for click lock hardwood flooring, you’ve probably run across a product called Longstrip or seen labels listing flooring as 1-strip, 2-strip or 3-strip. Longstrip flooring has a tendency to confuse consumers and, so, in this post we’re going to try to expand on what this engineered Longstrip flooring actually is.
Longstrip flooring is an engineered floor. It typically features click locking edges and ends, for an easy and fast installation. Although the most popular method of installation of Longstrip engineered flooring is a floating installation, most Longstrip floors can also be glued down directly to the subfloor if needed.
Longstrip flooring is typically 3 ply — the hard finished top wear layer of wood, the core and then the base. Longstrip planks are generally a lot longer than standard engineered flooring. For example, the Kahrs Original Collection Longstrip flooring planks measure out at around 95 IN. long while your typical engineered plank most likely be in the 48 IN. long range. Most Longstrip floors, expecially the 2-strip and 3-strip feature square edges and ends for a seamless and smooth end result.
1-Strip, 2-Strip, 3-Strip
What confuses most people about Longstrip flooring is the surface visual and the language used within the industry. The terms 1-strip, 2-strip and 3-strip are thrown around by sales people and seldom explained adequately.
You can see in the picture posted above 3 different styles of Longstrip flooring. Using the Kahrs Original Collection of Longstrip flooring as an example, we’ll say all three samples shown above are planks which are 7-7/8 IN. in width. In the picture to the far left, labeled 3-strip, it shows three distinct strips on the one 7-7/8 IN. wide plank. Therefore, the visual you’re going to get when you install this one plank is that of three strips (about 2-1/2 IN. wide each) going across. The same principle applies to the 2-strip and the 1-strip. If you have a 7-7/8 IN. wide plank, a 2-strip product would give you the visual of boards approximately 4 IN. wide when the plank is laid down. The 1-strip would give the visual of one whole plank of wood, 7-7/8 IN. wide. Keep in mind that different manufacturers may have different total widths of their Longstrip planks, this is just the most popular Longstrip width from Kahrs.
You can see a 3-strip visual mapped out in the plank shown to the right:
In this image, you can see how the Longstrip also offers random length strips within each 95 IN. plank. Generally, with a 3-strip Longstrip product, you can expect 17+ random length individual strips within the 95 IN. plank length.
Benefits of Longstrip Flooring
Consumers choose to go with Longstrip for different reasons. Firstly, Longstrip engineered planks can go in virtually any room of the home and are accommodating to any grade level. Their construction offers more dimensional stability than your typical solid hardwood floor and are thus more resistant to severe expansion and contraction when atmospheric moisture conditions change.
In addition to being able to install Longstrip in any room of the home, it also can be floated over a variety of different subfloor types, including existing tile or vinyl flooring. This negates the need for a messy rip up prior to installing the new hardwood flooring.
Their ease of installation is a huge draw, especially with homeowners who are looking to install new hardwood flooring themselves. DIY installations are incredibly easy with Longstrip. The click lock technology means no messy glue. The only accessory necessary for a Longstrip installation is an underlayment for a floating floor, which is simply rolled out over the subfloor prior to clicking the planks together.
Longstrip is also a super quick install. Because the planks are so wide and so long, a huge square foot area is covered with each plank put down and an average sized room can be installed in a couple of hours. And, once the Longstrip flooring is installed via the floating method, you can walk and live on it right away.