Why reclaimed wooden floors add character, and an environmentally friendly alternative to fresh timber

With character and environmental benefits, reclaimed wooden floors can be a worthwhile alternative to freshly sawn timbers. Image by Audrius Merfeldas (via Shutterstock).

With character and environmental benefits, reclaimed wooden floors can be a worthwhile alternative to freshly sawn timbers. Image by Audrius Merfeldas (via Shutterstock).

If you’re a household wishing to change your floor, there are several things which spring to mind. One may be the price. Another factor, how your floor could fit in with the home itself. You might begrudge the use of laminate flooring or feel that some wooden floors may be incongruous. If you live in an older property for example, consider reclaimed wooden floors as a possibility.

Reclaimed wooden floors have character. Having spent several years in all elements – hundred of years even – they are stronger than newly laid timber floors. On environmental grounds, also a better option than a new wooden floor. With reclaimed wooden floors, all the wood carving and sawing was done years ago. Compare that with the carbon footprint for a new wooden floor.

Plus, reclaimed wooden floors tend to have wider timber widths. This is due to changes in the way timber processing was undertaken, where trees didn’t grow to their full height before chopping in earlier years. Reclaimed timber also makes sense on a conservation front: habitats aren’t disturbed; felling more trees means fewer birds and squirrels in our woods and hedgerows.

As well as the environmental benefits, reclaimed wood tells a story. Not just in the home, but also in a public setting. For example: reclaimed wood panels in The Old Ship Inn on Bethel Street, Brighouse, came from HMS Donegal.

Whether on the walls or on your floor, reclaimed wood can be a talking point. Your reclaimed parquet floor could trigger childhood memories of a former school hall. It is easy to imagine who may have ran up and down your floor in previous years. Not least the reassurance you have done your bit for protecting the environment.

If you have any queries about reclaimed wooden floors, why not talk to us on 01977 730244 or 07825 834821? Or you could send us an email via info@castlefloors.co.uk. We will be delighted to be of assistance.

Castle Floors, 20 July 2017.