Quality and unparalleled beauty are probably not the first words that come to mind when thinking of a used product. But when it comes to reclaimed hardwood flooring, we’re not talking about the two-by-four leftovers from some previous do-it-yourself project.
In its simplest definition, reclaimed lumber is processed wood restored from its original location to be reused for new applications. Of course, it’s much more than that.
Reclaimed lumber is wood that was harvested decades ago, used in construction, and then recovered when its original housing was destroyed.
Where Does Reclaimed Hardwood Come From?
Reclaimed hardwood flooring can paint quite the story as it comes in a variety of different forms.
Most reclaimed wood originates from timbers and decking rescued from old barns and warehouses, but some manufacturers restore wood from more unconventional structures like boxcars, coal mines and wine barrels.
Regardless of where it originates from, reclaimed hardwood has a quality that meets or exceeds much of what is sold in stores today — thanks to the lengthy tree maturation periods of pre-World War II forests. In fact, reclaimed wood is up to 40 points higher on the Janka hardness scale than virgin woods, which come from less-matured trees.
Reclaimed Delivers Character and a Story
Reclaimed hardwood flooring showcases unique qualities that you won’t find in new wood materials. In this rather abstract flooring category, here are just a few things you might find:
- Hand-hewn beams with tool marks still recognizable from the workers who sawed the wood over a century ago.
- Siding from old barns with faded paint colors created by weathering slowly over the decades.
- Reclaimed flooring of antique oak, extracted from decades-old buildings and milled into new boards.
Thanks to the timeless stories it illustrates, reclaimed hardwood has become a growingly popular trend. And after hitting a trend spurt in the 1970s, it has made its way to its second-living stage.
Indeed, marred with years of wear and tear, reclaimed hardwood bears its scars with pride.
Reclaimed hardwood is not for every homeowner. It carries a unique style and generally comes at a higher cost than “unused” flooring products. If you’d like to learn more about this hot new flooring trend, contact the experts at Just Around the Corner.
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