Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Reclaimed wood floors remanufactured for you from reclaimed timbers, or reused reclaimed lumber flooring, from old buildings
Reclaimed wood floors will add a warmth & beauty to your home that is unparalleled. The incentives for using reclaimed wood products in construction have been growing steadily in recent years and the benefits of living with this incredible finish flooring material cannot be overstated.
Reclaimed wood flooring will bring you aesthetic beauty and enhanced quality of life every day for many years.
How Reclaimed Wood Flooring Is Made
Your flooring is remanufactured either from reclaimed planks and beams, or reused ‘as is’ from old buildings. Flooring grades depend on the quality of wood received from each deconstruction project.
Your installer will have to trim ends on all floors over 6″ wide and on random pieces on floors under 6″ wide.
Reclaimed wood flooring in sizes of 3″, 4½” , 6″ & 10½” widths are usually in stock. We specialize in Wideplank Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine and can specialty mill wide plank flooring up to 15″ wide when raw stock is available.
Reclaimed Wood Flooring Notes:
With the exception of tight vertical grain Douglas Fir rarely will any two of our reclaimed floors look exactly alike. Your reclaimed wood flooring is hand picked and graded after it’s been run to pattern. If you desire a particular look such as many or few nail holes, larger or smaller knots, black oxidation marks, etc. please call for accommodation. All of our flooring ships unfinished.
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Douglas Fir Flooring
Wideplank Douglas-fir Reclaimed Wood Flooring
- Mid Grade Finished Floor
- Mid Grade Finished Product
- Mid Grade Finished Floor
Courtesy of Hurley Shops
Photo by Derek Roche
Mid Grade – Flat and mixed grain. Random nail holes usually with black oxide markings around nail holes. See photos. Tight knots may be up to 1/3 width of boards. May contain an occasional knot HOLE, some boards may have short splits. Best to order 10-12% extra.
High Grade – Flat and mixed grain. Few nail holes in floors 6″ and under. Wider floors often show more nail holes. High grade floors may have tight knots up to 1/4 the width of the board. Order about 5% extra.
Vertical Grain – Same as high grade specs but has 100% vertical grain. May contain occasional tight knots 3/4″ or less which installer has the option to trim out. To some a Clear Vertical Grain floor may look better with an occasional knot or nail hole to break up the perfection, however if you prefer an absolutely pristine floor please contact us for availability. If you have measured correctly you need not order any extra, however most of our clients order 2 to 5% extra.
Our lowest grade for those on a budget or who want a really rustic floor. Flat or mixed grain, knots rarely over 2 1/2″ on wide plank (floorboards under 6″ wide may have knots up to 1/2 width), may contain empty knots aka knotholes, may or may not have many nail holes and/or bolt holes with black stains, random hairline cracks and/or larger splits. In the image on the left note the knot HOLES, split, and pitch pocket. These are all possibilities with Cabin Grade. Best to order 20% extra, or plan to resin fill defects and knot holes as seen above in the doggie photo. You can make cabin grade look great with a lot of labor filling knotholes and care in installation. If you do not have the time or inclination to do this it is best to go to Mid or higher grades.
Ponderosa Knotty Pine Flooring
Top Left photo is of 3/4″ x 9 ¼” x 15′ mid grade Knotty Pine Flooring. Very beautiful wood. Keep in mind this Western Softwood will sustain dents and scuff marks. Some people love this affect and will intentionally markup the floor. There’s a story of a rancher who walked horses over his floor for a Pioneer flooring effect. This material is also great for Knotty Pine Paneling, Ceiling Paneling, Wainscoting. Bottom row is the Michael & Juanita Robinson Residence, Fresno California (Photos by Michael) Installation by Stott Builders of North Fork California.
- Photo #1 Maple Stock
- Photo #2 Maple
Reclaimed Raw Stock
- Photo #3 Maple after reinstallation and before refinishing
- Photo #4 Sanding
- Photo #5 Maple
Sanded Flooring from Photo #4
- Photo #6 Maple
Birds Eye Grain Figure Same Wood, Occasionally we see a nice birds eye pattern here and there.
- Photo #7 Maple Stairs
- Photo #8 Finished Maple Floor
- Photo #9 Finished Maple Floor
- Photo #10 Finished Maple Floor
- Photo #11 Finished Maple Floor
Photos 2, 3 and 5 though 11 by Michael Olwyler, 2009. You can see more photos of the project here…
Michael has some tips for installation to share:
- Without adequate experience, have someone with experience install it.
- The wood is a bit brittle, and will chip and fracture some. But that also will give the floor more character.
- There will be gaps between some of the boards. Again, that’s part of its character.
- It will likely take longer to install than expected and the right tools for cutting are essential.
- The boards will need considerable sanding, but, oh my!…what a floor!
- Once sanded the variety of grain makes this an incredible floor and it will probably be the centerpiece of the new part of the house.
Installation by Seth Waltner, Cornerstone Custom Construction Inc., email@example.com