Sunday, March 29, 2020

Longstrip: 1-Strip, 2-Strip, 3-Strip

By Crystal Hosking, Hosking Hardwood Flooring

longstrip1If 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.

Basic Construction

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.

longstrip3You 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.


Tags: Basement, Engineered Hardwood Flooring, Floating Hard Wood Floors, Installation, Kahrs

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  • Thanks so much for explaining the 1-2-3 longstrip classification. We are currently researching flooring for our home in Austin and are very interested in the Kahrs products line. This was a very helpful post-thanks again!

  • deedee wade

    Just the the comment above, this is something very new to me… till i read this article, i did not know that planks existed that are so long … ‘

    Thank you for a very helpful information … I am doing research on engineered hardwood floors … is our next project.

    Thanks again.

  • sylvia hall

    I am looking for a click and lock hard wood flooring. 230 sq. ft.

  • You can find all our best selling click lock hardwood flooring brands here: The Best Click Lock Floors

  • carl adrianopoli

    I am looking to use 5/8 click flooring made in the us, with a solid wood or plywood base. Is something like that in your line?

  • With these specs, your best option would be a Kahrs product. However, Kahrs is a Swedish company with their product being manufactured in Europe. Kahrs really is top of the line when it comes to click locking floors.

  • carl adrianopoli

    Thanks, I really try and buy American but avoiding Chinese is more of an imperative. Things to ponder, thanks for your quick response, and it does look like Kahrs is the best.

  • Melissa

    What happens at the end of the longstrip plank? Wouldn’t you have three strips ending in one line?

  • Hi Melissa,

    Yes, on a 3-strip product, once the plank ends, all three strips would end in the same spot.

  • Anne


    I notice that you are a fan of Kahrs flooring, but this weekend I read some scathing reviews of their products particularly their customer service after a complaint was filed. I realize that sometimes reviews can be slanted too much one way or the other,and I am impressed with the description of their products. We are interested primarily in a Click-Loc flooring as we will be laying the new floor over existing wood and tile. In your opinion would you choose Kahrs over Harris Wood?

  • Hi Anne,

    We’ve been selling Kahrs now for over 15 years and we’ve never had any quality complaints about the Kahrs brand. They are a Swedish company, but do have U.S. offices here. Their milling standards are pretty high, and we would recommend the Kahrs over a company like Harris Wood if you’re looking for a click locking product. While Harris Wood is a great company, Kahrs only does click lock flooring and they are known for their quality click lock. They are constant with their R&D as well, continuously putting the most up to date technology into their flooring. I would take the review you read with a grain of salt. Chances are, if the consumer is having trouble with the floor, it’s probably due to incorrect installation (which then, is not covered by the Kahrs warranty). It’s important to install Kahrs flooring according to their installation instructions (found in every 4th carton of flooring as well as on their site.). Things like improper expansion gaps or underlay can cause problems with any sort of engineered floor.

    Other brands similar to Kahrs (that really only do click lock flooring):


  • Anne

    Thank you for your feedback – it is comforting to know that there is someone out there like you who is an expert in the field and more importantly is willing to share their knowledge. By the way, your price on flooring is highly competitive, too!

  • Al

    Hi Jeff, We have also run into a number of scathing reviews. One review said that Kahrs was sold within the last couple of years. Have you heard about or run into anything to do with the companies standards changing or quality going down?

  • Hi Al,

    We haven’t had any complaints about the quality of Kahrs flooring recently. I know most of their products are made in Europe but some of their Avanti line is made in China. They are currently moving production of this line to Poland, but it might take some time to transition completely. Even so, the Avanti line from Kahrs is very popular. Other brands you could check out which are similar are Boen and Northern Lights.

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