Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Reclaimed wood flooring looks stunning, is highly individual and works with both traditional and contemporary design schemes. But traditional sources of reclaimed wood can be a risky specification, since supplies are often unreliable and their lack of uniformity makes installation a lengthier, and therefore costlier process, as well as resulting in high levels of wastage. Reclaimed wood flooring from Havwoods, however, can be relied on for even the largest of sites.
Many of our reclaimed wood flooring planks started life over 300 years ago as saplings in the great oak forests of North America. When the trees reached maturity they were cut down, by hand, and dragged by horse to the rivers; logging was a winter operation since snow provided lubrication, making transportation easier. The logs were floated downstream to small sawmills, probably producing only around 500 planks a day. Eventually these planks would be bought by settlers, and the entire community would help use them to build barns, farms, houses and stores.
Of course, some of our reclaimed wood comes from much further away: our Venetian Lagoon herringbone really has spent many decades beneath Italian waters as mooring posts and briccola (the groups of poles which indicate the navigable waterways). Their incredible coloration and distinctive markings are created by mineral deposits in the water and a particular species of mollusc. And the source is extremely limited: just 150 of these posts are replaced annually.
All of our genuine reclaimed wood flooring has a story to tell. And now these valuable and finite resources have yet another life: made is into tongue and grove, ends matched engineered boards which are not only consistent and easy to install, they are even suitable for use over underfloor heating.
If you want the effect of reclaimed wood flooring but on a reduced budget, take a look at our reproduction reclaimed planks. These are extremely durable and highly effective, using distressing techniques to replicate the effects of ageing. Indeed, you may well find it difficult to see the difference.