Why use Reclaimed boards
There are many reasons to choose reclaimed over new.
- Reclaimed boards are obviously more environmentally friendly as they are being recycled.
- In the right style of property much more aesthetically pleasing
- Have already got time worn surface so don't show up new scratches nd marks as much as new floorboards.
- Will add instant character to any type of property
Why should I use engineered.
- Engineered boards are much more stable.
- Will not shrink or crack.
- Can normally be used over UFH systems
- Can be glued to concrete/solid sub floors
The engineered boards I have seen look modern and new
- We specialise in making engineered boards from our stock of reclaimed timber so aesthetically they look identical to solid reclaimed boards.
- All the images on our website are of our engineered boards
What is a hand worked tongue and groove?
- This is extra work we do by hand to the tongue and groove on each board. This retains the character of reclaimed boards after fitting by taking away the uniformity of this type of joint but keeping the floorboards suitable and practical for day to day living.
What is a wear layer?
- This is the top surface of the reclaimed board we cut off to bond to the Birch Plywood to form the engineered board.
What is Birch Ply?
- Birch plywood is highest quality type of hardwood plywood. There are other inferior types of softwood plywood but these are not used in any of our products as delamination of the plywood layers may occur resulting in failure of the floorboards.
- We buy all our plywood from the largest supplier in the UK to retain maximum quality in the raw ingredients in the manufacture of our engineered boards.
What is FCS
- This stands for The Forest Stewardship Council. This is an international non-profit, organization established in 1993 that promotes responsible management of the world's forests.
What is hand sanded?
- Every single board is sanded individual with DA and random orbital sanders. This ensures none of the character of the reclaimed board is lost through industrial sanding machines and the time worn surface that has developed over centuries of wear and tear is kept intact.
How do I maintain a wooden floor?
- We mainly use two suppliers of finishes on our floors. Morrells, who are a British company with a Royal Warrant and Bona who are global leaders in wood floor finishes.
- We can supply cleaning and maintenance guides and products to keep your wooden floor in good condition.
Can I use a wooden floor in a bathroom?
- No wooden floor should ever be subject to constant water ingress. That said, with a common sense approach to preventing the boards from getting overly wet alongside some general maintenance then there is no reason why not. We would recommend an oil finish for bathrooms.
Can I use a wooden floor in a kitchen.
- The answer to this is pretty much the same as the bathroom question. With good maintenance then this should be possible.
- All wooden floors will accumulate wear and tear over the years. Reclaimed boards already have years of bumps, scuffs and scrapes so this only adds to the character.
Can I re-sand my floor
- You should never need to re-sand your floor if you do the correct maintenance.
- Our floors are hand sanded by our highly skilled team who know exactly how to do this while retaining all the character of the boards.
- Large industrial sanders will strip the character of the reclaimed boards making them look new.
We have looked at some new Oak boards and your reclaimed boards are more expensive. Why is this?
There are many reasons for this but to summarise:
- Reclaimed timber is much more expensive than new timber due to the labour involved. Comparing reclaimed timber new timber should be thought of as antique furniture being compared to new furniture.
- Reclaimed boards must be removed slowly and carefully by demolition companies, so they don’t get damaged.
- The labour involved in processing the reclaimed timber is great. Process like de-nailing (removing all the original fixings from the boards so they can be re-machined) is very slow.
- Hand sanding and finishing the boards take care and time.
- We use the highest quality raw materials in the manufacturing process.
- We use the highest quality oils and lacquers to finish the boards.