Reclaimed Timber London have supplied reclaimed oak floors and reclaimed timber boards to hundreds of satisfied customers. Before you choose your particular Reclaimed Oak Floor discuss with you your preferences and the suitability of different species and individual reclaimed source. You should make sure you understand that reclaimed timber has ‘character’ which makes it so attractive in appropriate settings, which may include nail holes, mature knots, stains and so on.
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Love reclaimed wood floors? It’s no wonder. Reclaimed Wood is rich looking, warm, durable and easy to keep clean. It’s still the most seductive and charming type of floor in a home. Reclaimed London will inform you how to size up the many types of wood floors available and make the choice that best fits your home and price range.
Solid hardwood floors are made of wood planks milled from a single piece of tree. Solid hardwood floors were originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers.
With the increased use of concrete as a Floor engineered wood flooring has gained some popularity. However, solid wood floors are still extremely common and very popular. Solid wood floors have a thicker wear surface and can be sanded and finished more times than an engineered wood floor. It is not uncommon for homes in England, Eastern Canada, and Europe which are several hundred years old to have the original solid wood floor still in use today.
Solid wood manufacturing
Solid wood flooring is milled from a single piece of timber that is kiln or air dried before sawing. Depending on the desired look of the floor, the timber can be cut in three ways: flat-sawn, quarter-sawn, and rift-sawn. The timber is cut to the desired dimensions and either packed unfinished for a site-finished installation or finished at the factory. The moisture content at time of manufacturing is carefully controlled to ensure the product does not warp during transport and storage.
A number of proprietary features for solid wood floors are available. Many solid woods come with grooves cut into the back of the wood that run the length of each plank, often called ‘absorption strips,’ that are intended to reduce cupping. Solid wood floors are mostly manufactured .75 inches (19 mm) thick with a tongue-and-groove for installation.
Solid wood flooring is usually made from 3/4-in.-thick strips, either 1-1/2- or 2-1/4 in.-wide, or sometimes 3/4-in.-thick “planks, ” which are wider. It has a tongue and groove milled into the edges. When nailed through the tongues, the strips interlock to form a strong floor that feels solid underfoot. The strips are typically milled at random lengths up to about 6 ft. long. The finished floor shows random butt joints and strips displaying a wide variety of grain patterns, both traditional characteristics of a solid strip floor. A thick wear layer allows sanding and refinishing four to six times before it wears out.