Reclaimed wood flooring looks great in almost any home. Unfortunately, deciding on the right style, color, and wood type can be difficult.
Don’t worry about figuring it all out on your own. We’re here to help you make the right choices so that you can have the wood flooring of your dreams.
In this reclaimed wood flooring guide, we’ll help you understand the differences between reclaimed wood flooring types and some visual examples so that you can make a well-informed decision.
Reclaimed Wood Flooring: A Standard Definition
If you’re reading this post, then you probably know what reclaimed wood is, we’re going to go over it for those that might not know yet.
There is an extensive process when it comes to treating and preparing reclaimed wood for re-application. The process starts by locating wood that has been a part of a building project. That wood is taken from its original structure and transported to a facility like Manonmin Resawn Timbers, where it can be processed. Initially, the boards are de-nailed, and all metal is removed. The boards are then washed and cleaned and placed into our Kiln dryer, where the moisture is extracted in a way that makes the wood stronger and more durable for future use.
After drying, the wood can be milled into the desired form. Whether that is flooring or ceiling boards, timbers for mantels, or any other use: we make customers’ dreams come true. After the wood has been installed, we can then finish it to the desired color or tone that has been requested. More on this process later, but if you’d like to learn more about the process that goes into developing reclaimed wood, you can find it here.
Cost of Reclaimed Wood Flooring
The cost of reclaimed wood or reclaimed flooring varies greatly depending on the type of wood you choose to install in your home. There are several different types of wood, colors, and variations to choose from. And, while the most expensive wood might not necessarily be the “best” wood, it is often, or in many cases, rarer and in more demand based on its look.
Because the cost varies at different times and depends on the amount of flooring you’ll need installed, it’s not possible to share a price in this post. But, it is good to keep in mind that the width and length of the planks will also influence the cost. If you’re looking for a quote, reach out to us, and we’ll make sure that we get you the best price on premium reclaimed wood.
Types of Wood Floors
So far, we’ve talked about how different kinds of wood can influence cost, but we haven’t talked at all about what type of wood it might be. Most often, you can split wood into at least two different categories. Those categories are hardwood and softwood. Plank flooring can be either hardwood or softwood. Note that hardwood floors are often more expensive because it takes longer for a hardwood like oak to grow than it does for softwood like pine.
Hardwood vs. Softwood Reclaimed Wood Flooring
An easy way to tell the difference between hardwood and softwood is to look at the tree that it comes from. Most often, softwood is a needle bearing tree such as pine. Hardwood refers to a leaf-bearing tree such as oak. There are some general exceptions to this, but that is a good way to judge in most cases.
Reclaimed hardwood is commonly used for wood floors. The types of wood that we specifically use include oak, ash, chestnut, and black walnut. Each of these can come in a mixture of tones or can be matched to each other. Reclaimed hardwood flooring is especially great for high-traffic areas in your home. These woods will hold up well and can take a beating.
Softwood can yes, be softer than most hardwoods, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s soft. In fact, some variations of pine such as fir or what we carry, douglas fir, is a great wood to use for your flooring. While it is important that you’re slightly more careful with softwood than you would be with hardwood flooring, that doesn’t make it the wrong choice at all.
If you want to learn more about each type of wood we offer for our flooring, you can find it here. We’re also open to answering any questions about the antique wood flooring we offer.
Benefits of a Reclaimed Wood Floor
There are many benefits to choosing reclaimed wood. Some are aesthetic, and others are more tangible. While saving money won’t be an advantage of choosing reclaimed wood flooring, there are definitely other reasons to choose reclaimed wood for your flooring. Reclaimed wood is not only something that is good for the environment, but it also makes for a home with more character and opportunities for conversation. Wood flooring always looks beautiful, no matter where it comes from. But reclaimed wide wood floor planks offer a special character like nothing else.
Better yet, we know where almost all of the wood that we sell originally came from. That means your home can have some amazing conversations about the history of your wood floors that could be more than 100 years old. And of course, wood floors pose a sustainability issue, especially if they aren’t harvested sustainably. Reclaimed flooring is completely sustainable. No new trees are cut down to install your wood floors. That means you’re doing your part to keep your home sustainable.
The Best Reclaimed Wood Flooring for Your Home
While it’s not for us to say, we do think that this checklist can help you decide on the best reclaimed flooring for your home.
- Does your interior design match light or dark wood?
- Do you need hardwood or softwood, based on traffic and wear and tear?
- What does your budget allow?
- Do you like color mixes or matches?
If you’re interested in wood floors for your home, we’d be happy to help. Manomin Resawn Timbers is an industry leader in Minnesota for reclaimed and resawn wood. We offer wood flooring, wall and ceiling paneling, beams, timbers, and mantels. Reach out to us today to learn more about reclaimed wood flooring or to get started on a quote for your home.