The advantages of using recycled hardwood floor and what to look for.
There are several benefits to using recycled wood for your new hardwood floors despite the obvious fact that it is environmentally friendly! The several key advantages to using recycled wood flooring include:
- Environmentally Sound - By using recycled wood, you extend the life of your hardwood floor. This keeps old wood from being thrown out to go to waste and reduces the need to cut down trees for new growth flooring.
- Durability - Old trees tend to have tighter grain which leaves them harder and denser. Recycled floors are more durable than brand new floors which helps prevent dents and scratches. Basic Coating’s ® floor finish, Hydroline® Plus, can also increase your floors’ durability!
- Weathered - Every hardwood floor is unique in its own way. Recycled floors have their own sense of character, something you can only get when you use recycled floor. Often times new wood is milled, marked and stained to look older anyways, why not save money and use recycled wood!
- Lower cost - By using recycled hardwood for your floors, you can save up to 50% compared to new growth wood!
Where you can fine recycled hardwood floors.
Many times, old wood is found from property demolitions. Oak, Cherry and Chestnut are common woods found in old properties and they all make great choices for hardwood floor. This wood is often bought by specialty buyers and then resold to end-users for personal use. Ask your local wood distributor about their recycled wood options.
What to watch out for!
- Bug Damage - Bugs will often be killed in the kiln-drying process; however, there can still be bug damage. Make sure you do a full inspection to check for loss of density and strength from insects.
- Warped Wood - Our best advice to you is to not use warped wood. Warped wood is a deviation of flatness caused from stresses of uneven drying. The uneven drying can cause the lumber to shrink. Please look at the picture to the right to differentiate the types of warped wood. Many times warped wood is unsalvageable.
- Very Short Lengths – When shopping for recycled floor, look for long pieces. Short lengths can make the floor unstable. If you decide to use short length wood planks, make sure that you use a stable underlayment to which the planks can be nailed.
Wood floors are a great option, but “green” recycled flooring is an even better option! Basic Coatings is the expert in hardwood floor care! Hardwood floor maintenance tools and tips can be found at www.basiccoatings.com.
Micah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.