What Is Reclaimed Wood Flooring?

People have used wood flooring in the home for hundreds of years, and some of that historic hardwood is still around today. Reclaimed wood floor installers remove this wood from its original location and reinstall it in new homes and businesses. Of course, splurging on reclaimed wood planks isn't the only way to give your floors a well-worn look; floor installers have plenty of tricks and techniques for recreating this classic look using other old lumber, or even with modern materials. Read on to learn about the different types of reclaimed wood floors and the materials used to create them.

Reclaimed Wood

In the purest sense of the word, a reclaimed wood floor consists of wood flooring planks that have been removed and reinstalled in a new location. This is a fairly tedious process, as removing wood planks without damaging them is quite labor-intensive. As a result, true reclaimed wood floors are expensive, ranging from $5 to $20 a foot on average. You could expect to pay $3.50 to $10 a foot for new hardwood flooring, including installation. 

Despite its higher cost, reclaimed wood remains popular for its rich history, texture and character. It lends a truly unique appeal to the home and often allows you to buy exotic or endangered woods that are simply not legally available as virgin materials today. In addition, reclaimed wood floors are environmentally friendly, and serve as a form of recycling, which helps to reduce both pollution and deforestation. 

Reclaimed Lumber

Reclaimed lumber is not the same as reclaimed wood floors, which are relatively rare. Modern installers use old lumber -- such as the beams and timbers from an old barn -- to create new wood flooring planks. The most expensive of these planks are made using the outer layers of the old beams, which gives the floor a naturally distressed character and rich, deep color. It also incorporates all the natural wear in these beams from over the years, creating texture and depth. 

Cheaper varieties of reclaimed lumber come from the inner portions of these old beams and timbers. The wood is still old, which means you'll have access to some species that are no longer available but doesn't necessarily have the natural flaws and color of the outer portions of the beams. This is a good option for homeowners who are more interested in reclaimed wood for its environmental properties than its aesthetic appeal.

Handscraped Wood

Of course, you don't need old wood to have a floor that looks old. Modern hardwood manufacturers and installers can create historic looking floors with new lumber using handscraping techniques. This means using tools and equipment to create indentations, splits, scrapes and wormholes in the wood to make it look as though it was harvested a century ago, when it's actually much newer. Many floor manufacturers offer handscraped products, making it easier than ever for homeowners to create a reclaimed wood-look at a much lower price point.

For more information, contact Carpet & Linoleum City or a similar company.