Why You Should Consider Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring
Looking for a gorgeous hardwood floor that can withstand lots of foot traffic, children and pets, and also fits with your eco-friendly lifestyle? Reclaimed hardwood provides the durable and eco-friendly flooring option you are looking for.
It is Durable
Reclaimed hardwood is often from very old structures and vessels which were formed of wood from mature trees. The wood from mature trees is stronger, making it an excellent choice to withstand the stomping, running, and the patter of little feet and dropped toys, or the cute paws of your favorite furry family member.
Old hardwood has expanded and contracted constantly over the years and has fully dried out, making it more durable and less prone to warping and splitting.
Reclaimed hardwood also tends to have a dense grain making it more stable and helping to minimize the effects of everyday wear and tear.
It is Eco-Friendly
In addition to being extremely durable, there are many eco-friendly benefits to be gained from the use of reclaimed hardwood. Using reclaimed hardwood helps to preserve our forests by reducing the need for virgin Hardwood. Hardwood can be reclaimed from old buildings including barns, factories, and warehouses which contain large volumes of wood, often oak, chestnut and pine.
Hardwood can also be sourced from railway sleepers, fences and even storage vessels like wine barrels, beer casks and pickling containers. These produce wood with beautiful unique patterning and depth of color.
Processing reclaimed hardwood has less impact on the environment than felling, transporting and processing new hardwood, and can include hardwood either no longer available naturally, or endangered from the effects of over-forestation. The use of exotic woods is becoming a sustainability no-no for some in the design world – unless it comes from reclaimed hardwood.
Also, using reclaimed wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council can help your construction or remodeling project earn LEED points.
- Preserves our forests
- Many sources of reclaimed hardwood
- Unique patterning and depth of color
- Less impact on the environment
- LEED points
If exceptional durability, eco-friendliness, and character are the goals for homeowners considering new flooring, then reclaimed hardwood floors can’t be beat. Every reclaimed hardwood section has a story and no two pieces are identical, giving it depth and unique character. Bringing a piece of the past into the present benefits homeowners by not only increasing the aesthetic appeal of their home, but by supporting the environment in a unique way.