How to Choose a Reclaimed Wood Floor
You are now trying to decide which type of flooring you want. We can help you by giving you a primer on the personality differences of reclaimed hardwood flooring, as a manufacturer who is skilled in creating wood flooring using reclaimed lumber.
You like a photo and you now want the floor. It is possible to make it. However, before you decide on the floor and request samples from a display area, be sure to ask about pricing ranges. Reclaimed wood floors are often thought to be less expensive than virgin wood floors because they are salvaged. This is generally not true if you’re looking for a high quality, precision-milled product that has been kiln gulvafslibning dried. You might be able to save some money if you find scraps or do some salvage work. You might find planks or a floor for your gym from a barn hay loft and want to attach them on your floor. Although the material may have been free, how much time will you spend putting it together and nipping nails? Are you satisfied with the results?
This article will discuss several types of wood flooring. Solid wood flooring is a single board without glued up laminations. It is basically a wood board that has been sized to a specific dimension. Engineered flooring is made with a top layer of whatever type and texture you prefer, which is then glued to the plywood backing on the bottom. Engineered flooring is still made from all wood, but it is laminated with multiple layers for greater stability and dimensional accuracy. Laminates and composite products that are not entirely wood through the plank, or with a photo printed finish, are not covered here. Vinyl, tile, stone and carpet are not covered.
Hardwood flooring can be used to refer to any type or wood flooring. Hardwood trees include oak, maple, walnut, elm and chestnut. Pine and fir trees have needles that can stay on throughout the year, and they often produce cones. Hardwoods tend to be more dense and durable than softwoods. There are exceptions to this generality. The hardwoods are more expensive than the softwoods in our product line.
This article will repeat the theme of “You get what you pay for”. Although the end products with a higher price ($11+/sf), made from rarer woods, aren’t necessarily of better quality, we believe that quality increases up to that price. Prices for solid wood floors start at $4-9 per square feet, while engineered flooring starts at $7-15 per sq. foot. Although we will be discussing applications, our point is to set a realistic budget while shopping for hardwood floors. If you are really keen on a costly floor, it is possible to reduce the amount of it that you use and place it in specific areas. Do not do the entire house. You might limit your work to the most important areas, and then use a less expensive option in bedrooms.
Start looking at other options if your price point isn’t in the same zip code. If you’re in the $1-2/sf price range, consider deep discounters and laminate options. We pay that much for the FSC-certified 12mm exterior Birch plywood we use to manufacture the engineered flooring, without considering all other labor costs.
When pricing a floor, be sure to include both the lifetime and total cost. These are some examples of variables that can affect the total cost.