Our high end wood flooring roots go back over 400 years
You can find homes along the Eastern Seaboard with wide plank flooring over 30″ wide. These floors have lasted for over 200 years. Today, each Carlisle floor is made with same artisan quality craftsmanship to shape and refine custom flooring that will last for generations. When the first colonists arrived in New England in the 1600s, they found large, virgin forests of huge, mature trees. Naturally, they cut down the biggest trees for timber to build their homes. Of course, home building was a lot different back then. The early settlers built homes to last a lifetime. Generally, their first house was also their last house. And because they didn’t have the time to constantly repair and replace warped, cracked or excessively worn boards, the wood flooring had to be especially tough to stand up to heavy use by the large, busy families of the era.
It didn’t take long for these early New Englanders to realize that the long, wide planks cut from the heart of the big, old-growth trees had a denser grain pattern and less moisture than the outer sapwood. This made heartwood far less likely to splinter or warp. Plus, the strength imparted by the tight grain pattern gave it the durability to last practically forever.