Reclaimed wood flooring is simply any wood that is not new and has been recycled from a building or structure. Reclaimed wood flooring will almost always have a much nicer look and feel about it than virgin wood and will use about 13 times less energy to salvage. We generally only deal with reclaimed wood that has come from old houses and factories and the most common species is reclaimed pine from around 1860 -1970.
Types of reclaimed flooring
Over the years we have dealt with all kinds of different types of reclaimed flooring including but limited to Oak, Pine, Chestnut, Maple, Beech, Mahogany and derivatives of Merbau and Walnut. Pine is without doubt the most common type of reclaimed flooring we use. Sometimes you can be lucky enough in an older home to find old oak floorboards and you cannot beat the feeling of finding that hidden treasure that has been hiding under a carpet for years. Oak is without doubt the most expensive if replacement boards are required. Chestnut is very rare and when old it has a similar colour to oak. Maple and beech are similar looking (maple being lighter) and are both very hard woods that are more often found in sports halls. There are many houses that were built in the 70s that had Mahogany, merbau or oak finger parquet these floors will almost always be stuck down with bitumen adhesive and will look stunning when sanded. Walnut is not very common although we have seen both parquet and plank floors.
Where to get it
We as a company hold small stocks of reclaimed flooring at our joinery workshop in Alresford but can source all types of flooring for you. We have many connections that are able to find what you are looking for. If you would like to look for yourself, you can try reclamation yards which there are a few of locally, it’s also worth keeping a look out on eBay and gumtree.
In my opinion the main benefit to using reclaimed flooring is keeping part of history to your home; stripping out an old floor is simply disrespectful to the building in my opinion. A nice old floor will add character and charm to your home giving it the wow factor and increasing the home’s value. Almost always restoring an old floor will be more cost effective than having a new floor installed, certainly a good quality one anyway.
Reclaimed flooring is no different to other wood floors. If the floor has been freshly sanded and re-finished simply sweeping and or vacuuming it followed by using the recommended cleaning product will keep your floor looking its best for the longest. Normally sanding a floor, refinishing it and then implementing a maintenance programme is the best route to take. However, with some old reclaimed floors, sanding may not be advisable and there are a range of products that can be applied to the floors to help maintain them as best as possible.
Good products to use
Over years of experience we have found that the following brands work the best and all have their place depending on the result that is trying to be achieved. Over recent years the products that ae now available for finishing wooden floors is totally mind blowing. There are constantly new products coming onto the market. The main brands that we use are BONA, JUNKERS, OSMO and BLANCHON. Bona, Blanchon and Junkers for Lacquers and OSMO and BLANCHON for oils / hard wax oils. We also have our secret staining system that that works particularly well on pine.
How much does reclaimed flooring cost?
It is more of a case of how long is a piece of string! To keep things simple and not waffling on for pages it depends on a few factors. 1 – species of the wood. 2 – width of board. 3 – age. Reclaimed pine for example would normally be approximately £35 per square meter for an average width, but for much wider boards I have seen it being sold for as much as £100. Reclaimed oak is an entirely different thing. We recently had to source some flooring and there were only 2 places in the country that had what we needed and it was over £500 per square meter.
For more information about our flooring services and options please visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or visit www.alresfordinteriors.co.uk today.