If you’ve been looking for the ideal flooring for your remodeling project or new home, you may or may not have stumbled across options like reclaimed wood flooring. It’s become pretty trendy in the flooring industry recently and, is for good reason, one of the more popular options recently. This method of sourcing wood became a popular aesthetic choice for many parts of home décor and wood floors were the natural next step.
Reclaimed wood creates character while offering that sturdiness and style of a timeless hardwood floor.
Reclaimed wood is wood that, as the name suggests, was reclaimed from other projects. Many sources of reclaimed wood are old barns and other farm structures where the lumber of deteriorating or unused buildings is reclaimed to be used for other wood projects. This allows the wood to continue its life, helps prevent deforestation, and provides a one-of-a-kind aesthetic for whatever project it’s been reclaimed for.
Below is some information on reclaimed wood as you continue your search for the best options for your wood floor.
By reclaiming wood from projects rather than using wood that’s been newly cut down, you help prevent deforestation by lowering the demand for new lumber. You’re also keeping old lumber out of landfills by reclaiming the wood rather than letting it get sent to the dump or burned where it will add to the overall carbon footprint. If you’re looking to be eco-friendly in your home or business, this is a great way to do it while also getting the upgrade you want.
Because of the nature of reclaimed wood, you have a wealth of options for the kind of wood you want and the ability to get creative. If you’d like old growth lumber, reclaimed wood is your best option since much of those trees are not protected against harvesting. One of the best options is reclaimed oak which offers a great character thanks to the detailed grain. Maple is another plentiful option and is often the wood you see in bowling alley lanes.
Finding a Reliable Source
Reclaimed wood doesn’t mean going out to the nearby abandoned barn and stripping it of wood. You’ll want to go through a certified vendor and even then you’ll want to be choosey. You want a vendor who gets their reclaimed wood not only ethically and legally, but also gets the best quality since this wood still needs to be able to do a job for you.
Is reclaimed wood flooring more expensive?
Reclaimed wood generally costs between $10 and $20 per square foot which can be on the more expensive side of many budgets. You’ll want to explore your option of vendors as well as wood types to vary the cost.
How do you finish reclaimed wood?
There are different ways you can finish reclaimed wood, and that’s where the professionals come in. You want to protect the wood and do the best you can to keep it durable and also beautiful. So, talk to a flooring expert about different finishing techniques and how to achieve the look you want.
Cameron the Sandman is a hardwood flooring company that has made wood floors their passion. We are a family owned and operated business for over 80 years and provide all the hardwood flooring services you need from sales and floor installation, to restoring and refinishing. Call us to learn more about how you can beautify your home with wood floors or maintain and restore the beauty of the wood floors you already have!