Why Choose Reclaimed Engineered Wood Flooring?
There are so many reasons that choosing reclaimed engineered wood is a fantastic addition to your home! Whether you are looking for functional or aesthetic, you’ll find that using reclaimed wood greatly enhances the beauty and character of your surroundings while at the same time providing you and your guests the ability to connect your living space to nature effortlessly.
In this article, we’ll take a look at several of the reasons – both functional and aesthetic – why reclaimed engineered wood flooring is the right option for your home. But first, let’s look at what exactly reclaimed engineered wood is.
What is Reclaimed Engineered Wood Flooring?
Reclaimed wood refers to where the wood is taken from. It’s upcycled wood that comes from various sources, including places like:
- Old barns
- Wine casts
- Boats or ships
- And many other sources
Essentially, reclaimed wood is air-dried wood that is left behind from structures that have been demolished or removed. At the time those structures were built, it was virgin wood, but when it’s reclaimed, it is beautifully aged and unique.
Engineered wood flooring is a veneer or “face” that’s supplemented by a layered substrate to create a “plank” or “board” of flooring. Our substrate preference is 9 ply-Baltic birch plywood. The top layer, or face, and the substrate, or bottom layer, are adhered to with VOC-free glue, the face to the plywood – which has counter-splaying layers – which constitute its stability. Overall, it provides stability that ensures there is less shifting, expanding, or contracting when the flooring is exposed to humidity, moisture, or varying temperatures.
Best Reasons to Choose Reclaimed Engineered Wood Flooring
So, why use this type of flooring over other wood options? Here are good reasons:
For homeowners who are environmentally conscious, using reclaimed wood is a no-brainer. It lessens the demand for mass-produced wood that has been recently harvested from controlled growth forests specifically grown to be used as consumer products. The process of harvesting trees from controlled growth forests is a drain on the environment. Cutting them down, transporting, and processing trees into usable lumber utilizes significantly more energy than processing reclaimed lumber.
When you use reclaimed wood for flooring or other home projects, you are revitalizing a piece of history. Reclaimed wood is sourced from many different places, so you could be buying flooring that once served as:
- an historical building
- a covered bridge
- a beautiful old homestead
- a long-abandoned barn
Preserving history in this day and age isn’t always easy, but with reclaimed wood, you can do it.
Reclaimed wood is full of character and distinction! You will never find any two pieces that look exactly the same as you do with mass-produced lumber with homogenous quality. There are random marks, striations, knots, and a rich patina that makes every piece different and appealing. Even the colors and tones of reclaimed wood have more depth and character than its modern counterpart.
Adding to the uniqueness, when you use reclaimed wood, you may be able to find American grown woods that are no longer readily available or sustainable – one-of-a-kind pieces that no one else will have, but because it is wood that is reclaimed, it’s not at the expense of the environment. You are able to have beauty and character and not feel bad about it!
Reclaimed wood isn’t only beautiful and unique, it’s also very functional, durable, and strong. Typically, the only wood that was used for building in years past was the strongest and most durable. It’s easy to see that when you look at the hundred-year old (or more) homes that are still standing in historical areas of cities and towns. This old wood was once virgin timber that was allowed to grow to maturity, unlike timber that is used today, which is harvested much earlier in the life of the tree. Additionally, reclaimed wood from before the 1900s wasn’t subject to air pollution that our forests are today, making the wood healthier and stronger.
Reclaimed wood also offers more stability than the wood that is used today. Because it was often allowed to grow to maturity before being cut down and used for construction, it was exposed to many changes in temperature and humidity over long periods of time. That means that it is ideal for flooring (even in areas where the heat fluctuates, like near a heater, fireplace, or oven) because it has been expanding and contracting for years or even decades. What it means for home owners is that it will maintain its appealing look and functionality for many years to come.
Final Thoughts on Reclaimed Engineered Flooring
Installing reclaimed engineered wood flooring in your home is a solid choice. You can’t go wrong with the character, beauty, and durability. You and your guests will enjoy your one-of-a-kind floor. There’s an inherent connection to nature that you will feel as you walk on the rustic-looking wood from years gone by.