Bozeman homeowners love the rustic look, so it’s no surprise that they are increasingly excited about reclaimed hardwood for their floors. At Floor Coverings International Bozeman we can help you find the perfect floors for your home, and we think reclaimed wood is something to consider. Read on to learn more.
What is Reclaimed Hardwood?
Reclaimed hardwood floors are made of recycled lumber, sourced and repurposed for home flooring projects. Each batch of reclaimed hardwood has a story, and because this wood is vintage and “well-loved” it imparts a rustic look to the home. Reclaimed hardwood has tons of character, and the fact that each recycled project is one of a kind is a big draw for homeowners.
Benefits of Reclaimed Hardwood
Reclaimed wood is a green flooring option: when you use it for your home flooring installation, you are literally recycling. If eco-friendliness is a top concern for you, then reclaimed hardwood is a great option for your hardwood flooring.
Another great thing about reclaimed hardwood is that it’s very durable and stable. First off, truly vintage hardwood is nothing like the modern stuff. It’s way better! Most reclaimed hardwood was harvested during the 18th and 19th centuries when natural resources were abundant and logging practices were radically different.
Trees harvested back in the day were typically old growth, virgin wood, meaning that these trees were cut down in forests after growing for 200-400 years. Trees that are farmed or forested today are harvested at a much younger age, and the lumber that comes from them is far less strong.
Not only is reclaimed hardwood much stronger than its modern counterpart, it is also more resistant to the warping effects of humidity and temperature change. If you’ve ever purchased a thrift store t-shirt then you know the deal. By the time that shirt gets to you, it has already been put through the wringer and the fibers have all but exhausted their capacity to shrink or change shape. Like that perfectly worn t-shirt, reclaimed hardwood is lumber that has matured to a stable and beautiful form.
The recent popularity of reclaimed hardwood has led some unscrupulous dealers to pass off antiqued hardwood as the real deal or to cut corners and sell reclaimed hardwood that is unfit for home installation. With reclaimed hardwood, there are certain safety measures that must be taken before home installation. For instance, reclaimed hardwood must be kiln-baked to ensure that there are no parasites living inside of it.
The Solution for Safe Hardwood
Rest assured that the team at Floor Coverings International Bozeman only works with reputable dealers to ensure that you get safe and authentic reclaimed hardwood for your home. Our priority is ensuring the safety and beauty of your floors for generations to come.