Reclaimed hardwood or softwood flooring includes: reclaimed European oak, reclaimed French oak, Reclaimed English oak, reclaimed pine, reclaimed pitch pine, reclaimed Douglas Fir, reclaimed, teak, reclaimed strip, and reclaimed parquet. The important point being that because of their age, many years go these old trees and timbers were slow grown timbers, thus they were and still are tougher and higher quality wood than the trees grown today. People ask is a reclaimed flooring strong, will it last? Simply, yes it will and it will continue to last. A real solid reclaimed floor is more durable than most new solid hardwood floors sold on the market today.
All species of reclaimed, antique oak flooring present us with good examples. We hear too many horror stories at the reclaimed flooring co involving cupping new solid oak flooring imported from abroad mainly China. We hear very few regarding correctly treated, reclaimed & salvaged oak flooring. This is because of the correct moisture content within the reclaimed hardwood, antique, salvaged, old oak boards. Wide plank oak flooring can also present more problems but if carefully laced by an experienced reclaimed flooring floor fitter, then the risks of cupping are minimal.
The quality of these old, antique oak floorboards can be inspected simply by looking into the grain patterns and tightness within the wood floor. If the wooden oak floor has a dense grain that feels extremely hard to touch with your finger nail, if the moisture content is between 7-10% and if all careful wood floor fitting trade rules (under floor heating included) are considered, there should be no problem. Reclaimed hardwood, solid antique oak flooring & under floor heating can present problems if the wood floor is not supplied correctly or the wood floor fitting has been completed incorrectly.
Popular Reclaimed Flooring Options – Light Tones, Strip Flooring
Reclaimed Solid wood flooring is our passion; our company name states just that. There is increasing demand for Reclaimed flooring because of the Eco-friendly times we live in, we have many reclaimed flooring options to suit any tastes and budget ranging from £18.50- £200.00 per m2. Maple and Birch strip flooring is a hard wearing and classic option for durable, reclaimed flooring that will not break the banks.
Reclaimed Maple Flooring:
Maple is a fine grained wood with a smooth texture. Most of the reclaimed Maple you will see will have been lifted from dance and gym halls; as a result it will tend to have a thick layer of lacquer and often a dark appearance. Sand backs those layers however, and you are looking at a very light wood.
Without stain Maple has an incredible shine when finished, and is excellent for making a room look bigger and feel warmer by reflecting the natural light.
Reclaimed Beech Flooring:
Beech is a gorgeous wood in its natural form, with so many variants in tone, and a gorgeous sound under foot. Anyone who has ever been to a modern sports hall will most probably have seen beech wood flooring, because most sports floors in UK are created using Junkers Beech.
Then you have the fact that reclaimed flooring is Eco-friendly; recycled floors that would have otherwise gone into land-fill, and each one saving trees from being cut-down to make new wood flooring.