Wood FloorThere is an undoubted dynamism and mystery that lies in the reclamation of timbers once stepped on by vanished generations from a bygone era. Taking these pieces out of their original context gives them a new lease  life, with each new flooring installation becoming a work of art in its own right, whilst preserving the historical charm.

Barns, railway carriages, boats and Victorian factories are just a few of the unusual and intriguing places reclaimed wood can be pulled from. Shaped by the passage of time rather than the hand of man reclaimed timber flooring is the foremost expression of timeless quality and natural finesse.

Reclaimed wood can look stunning if done right, is highly individual and matches well with both traditional and contemporary design schemes. Both reproduction and genuine reclaimed timbers are available on the market. Both have the ability to create a truly stunning industrial style floor fitting for the 21st century demanding requirements.

Many reclaimed timber flooring products are made into tongue and grove, ends matched engineered planks, making them particularly stable and of a consistent and uniform thickness for easier installation.

Engineered Wooden Flooring

As an alternative to reclaimed there is the engineered option that has many additional benefits in certain installations. Reproduction antiqued wood floorings are also engineered and are suitable for use over underfloor heating.

An engineered board is a real timber board which consists of more than one layer. By placing each layer so that the grain runs perpendicularly it becomes virtually impossible for the timber to swell or shrink with changes in humidity and so it massively increases the stability. The top layer (lamella) of an engineered board is solid wood, usually hardwood, and will be from 2 to 6mm thick - Generally the thicker the better. The lamella is securely bonded to one or two further layers - This can be a multi-layered plywood or a sandwich with either a softwood or hardwood core.

Engineered boards must not be confused with laminate or veneer. Laminate uses an image of wood on its surface whilst veneer uses only a very thin layer of wood over a core of a composite wood product, usually fibreboard.

Engineered timber is now the most prevalent type of wood flooring used world wide and the technology has enabled the production of much wider boards as well as the application of a huge variety of really interesting finishes.

Where to buy?

www.reclaimedflooringco.com

www.havwoods.co.uk

www.bertandmay.com

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