What is reclaimed wood flooring? Reclaimed wood salvaged from old buildings, such as barns, factories, and warehouses, is cleaned, de-nailed, kiln-dried, and milled into tongue and groove flooring planks. The final product can be solid, engineered, unfinished, or pre-finished. Reclaimed wood flooring will exhibit natural beauty and historical character. Typically, reclaimed wood floors have evidence of prior use with the appearance of nail holes, mineral stains, insect scarring, fastener marks, and aged patina. What are the advantages of using reclaimed wood flooring? Reclaimed wood flooring has several benefits, including being environmentally friendly, having a unique and rustic appearance, and being more durable and stable than new wood. Reclaimed wood flooring will add warmth and character to any interior design. Do I need to acclimate reclaimed wood flooring before installing it? Yes. Here are a few National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) guidelines for acclimating reclaimed wood flooring (not a complete list):
The wood should be placed in the room where it will be installed for at least 72 hours before installation.
The room should be maintained at a consistent temperature and humidity level, with the temperature between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit and the relative humidity between 30-50%.
The wood should be kept away from direct sunlight and heat sources, and areas with high humidity.The wood should be allowed to acclimate until it reaches equilibrium with the room's environment.
Please refer to NWFA Installation and Acclimation Guidelines to ensure that the wood is correctly acclimated before installation. These tips can help prevent problems like warping or splitting after installing the flooring. Is reclaimed wood flooring more expensive than new wood flooring? Reclaimed wood flooring can be more expensive than new wood flooring. Salvaging reclaimed wood from old structures is labor-intensive and time-consuming. The raw lumber harvested from abandoned buildings has been previously used. It may require more cleaning, milling, and finishing before a manufacturer can make it into beautiful wood flooring worthy of installation in a house or business. Additionally, the supply of reclaimed wood is often limited, which can increase the price. What are the differences between solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring, and is high-quality engineered wood flooring superior to solid wood? Solid wood flooring is made of 100% solid wood, whereas engineered wood flooring is made from several layers of wood, with a top layer of natural wood veneer. Our high-quality engineered wood flooring wear layer is 4mm to 6mm thick and applied to a high-density Baltic birch plywood core. One significant advantage of engineered wood flooring is that it is more stable than solid wood, which means it is less likely to expand or contract due to changes in humidity and temperature. The added stability of engineered wood flooring makes it a good choice for rooms prone to moisture, such as basements, or installation over concrete slabs. Another advantage of engineered wood is that more versatile to install because your installer can glue it down, float it over an existing subfloor, or nail it down using staples or cleats. In contrast, solid wood must only be nailed or stapled to the plywood subfloor. Some people prefer the feel and look of solid wood flooring over engineered wood flooring, even if they are of equal quality. Ultimately, the choice between solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring may come from personal preference. If you prefer one type of flooring over the other, that may be your deciding factor. Also, consult your professional flooring installer, and refer to the NWFA Installation and Acclimation Guidelines.
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