Why choose a reclaimed wood floor?

The charm of a reclaimed wood floor is hard to define and impossible to replicate. Reclaimed wood holds wonderful records of a past life, from beautiful patinas, rusty nail holes and weather cracks, to the smooth sections which have been corroded by the repeated touch of a thousand hands. The character that reclaimed wood holds is inimitable and its unique history provides a talking point to all who come into contact with it.

A good quality reclaimed wood flooring will last a lifetime, is warm underfoot and acoustically comforting. Wood is one of the most traditional and natural types of flooring and comes in a variety of species and finishes, allowing the floor to either be the focal point of your project or complement your existing décor.

As the world becomes increasingly more urbanised, we all yearn to be closer to nature. A reclaimed wood floor provides a connection to the outdoors and the wonders of the natural world.

Reclaimed wood is the most environmentally friendly flooring on the market 

Protecting the natural world is something we take very seriously. A large proportion of the products we work with are derived from reclaimed wood and are therefore eco-friendly. Due to their rich and long lives, our reclaimed wood floors are steeped in history and authenticity, their beautiful patinas are evidence of both their beauty and our eco-philosophy.

Due to deforestation, preserving what is left of our jungles, woods and forests is incredibly important to not only us but to the environment and future generations too. Wood flooring that has been crafted from reclaimed wood, not only gives the wood a new lease of life, it also prevents the need for more trees to be cut down.

Unlike other flooring solutions, wood flooring can be easily restored through sanding and staining. All of our reclaimed wood floors come with at least a 6mm wear layer, allowing you to refurbish your floor to your desired look, without having to entirely replace it, although you won’t need to do this for many years.

Sustainable forest management makes it possible to yield wood without any detrimental impact on the environment, trees are a renewable resource that can be regrown time and time again making wood flooring the most renewable flooring material available.

Characterful marks reveal a colourful lifetime 

During the restoration process, our craftspeople often make exciting discoveries. Dates or motifs carved into the timber can offer valuable insights into where the wood originates from or how old it is. Loggers branding marks can be traced back to mid-19th century America, where timber travelled across the Atlantic to form part of our now disused warehouses and factories. Loggers marks were an essential part of the lumber trade, symbols of order in a romantic industry that would have been chaotic without them.

Another interesting discovery recently made by our artisans was of an unexpected pattern carved into our antique wood, Ruskin, pictured to the right. The symbol is known as an apotropaic mark and can be found on medieval houses, churches and other buildings, most commonly from 1550 to 1750.  Apotropaic marks are symbols or patterns scratched into the fabric of a building and were believed to keep witches out, these marks are physical reminders of how our ancestors saw the world.

Another defining feature of our reclaimed wood’s history is clout nails, a tell-tale sign of the floor’s humble beginnings as a product made entirely by hand. Often when reclaimed wood reaches our restoration centre the boards have to be de-nailed, with our craftspeople ensuring that these details are carefully preserved. A beautiful reminder of a past life.

The stability of a reclaimed wood floor

When Britain’s old residences, warehouses and factories were built, only the most stable and durable timbers were used to support them. These old buildings have stood strong for hundreds of years, and it’s from these buildings we extract our reclaimed wood.

Our Rare Find Northbank was salvaged from a disused warehouse on the bank of the River Mersey in Liverpool. This warehouse was previously used by Stevedores to load and unload cargo from ships during the industrial revolution. Due to redevelopment of the dock, the warehouse was knocked down but not before we extracted the Pitch Pine beams supporting the building. We worked hard to extract these historical artefacts and return them in their full glory to our restoration centre in Cheshire.

Reclaimed wood flooring is stronger and will outlast flooring produced from new wood, because older wood is less likely to split. Reclaimed wood has been exposed to variations in temperature for so long that it’s already done all the expanding and contracting it will ever do. Reclaimed and antique wood also has a denser grain, making it much less likely that the wood will warp. Because of all the natural ageing processes that reclaimed wood has undergone, the shape and movement of reclaimed wood boards is inimitable and breath-taking to see.

If you are interested in owning a reclaimed wood floor, book an appointment at one of our design centres and discover a floor that will not only be admired for decades to come, but will also stand the test of time.

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