Installing engineered floors over concrete slabs can save you thousands of dollars. It can be a real cost saver when planned for in new construction.
Engineered wood is perfect over radiant heat floor systems. It’s layered construction makes it extremely stable.
Great for basements, kitchens and bathrooms – or wherever moisture can pose a problem.
Nothing unusual about the way it looks, but with great benefits!
The ability to install an engineered floor on top of a concrete slab, eliminates the need for the additional expense of a wood sub-floor.
While Solid wood constructed floors have a tendency to swell and shrink depending on temperatures and humidity, an engineered floor will remain stable and installation tight. No loose fitting
With full ¼” top wear-layers they’re glued to 9-ply baltic birch core platforms with waterproof environmentally friendly adhesives that insures excellent stability even in environments with fluctuating moisture content. They can be surface finished in place, or purchased pre-finished in quantities over 1000 sft.
Reclaimed engineered floors are created with the same wood faces with our solid wood floors.
Why Choose a Reclaimed Engineered Floor?
There’s lots of reasons to choose reclaimed engineered wood flooring.
If it’s reclaimed wood it’ll be beautiful and enhance the character of your surroundings and the value of your property.
If it’s engineered it will provide you with a number of advantages that you can’t get with a solid wood floor.
In this article, we’ll take a look at several of the reasons – both functional and aesthetic – why reclaimed engineered wood flooring may be the right option for your home or business, once we understand what an reclaimed engineered floor actually is.
What is Reclaimed Engineered Wood Flooring?
Reclaimed wood refers to wood that’s had a previous use in another place. Rather than being recycled, if it’s reclaimed or possibly antique, it’s likely to be 50 to 100 years since it was cut and used before.
It comes from
Boats or ships
And many other sources
Essentially, reclaimed wood is what’s left behind from structures that have been demolished or removed, and may have cured in-place for many years, so is likely very dry and very stable. To look at it once it’s been deconstructed, it may appear rough and unusuable, but once it’s reclaimed, it’s 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 it instead of other available wood options?
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.