Reclaimed wood flooring looks stunning, is highly individual and works with both traditional and contemporary design schemes. But, unless you are careful about your source, it may be a risky specification. Supplies can be unreliable and any lack of uniformity makes fitting a lengthier, and therefore costlier process, as well as resulting in high levels of wastage. Reclaimed wood flooring from Havwoods, however, is the genuine article, but it has been sawn, sanded and profiled to 21st Century standards, ensuring a level of consistency that can be relied on for even the largest of projects.
Reclaimed floorboards or reclaimed parquet?
At Havwoods we scour the world to provide you with the very best wood flooring options, both technically and aesthetically. Here we offer a choice of timbers - reclaimed oak, pine and even elm - and patterns including mixed width floorboards and parquet blocks; we even offer a unique mosaic pattern panel. Many have been made into engineered boards, which means that the reclaimed wood is backed by further layers of hardwood, softwood or multi-layered plywood, making it stable enough to be fitted over underfloor heating.
Every timber tells a story
Much of our reclaimed flooring 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, thus making transportation easier. The logs were floated downstream to small sawmills, 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 Europe. For example, our Venetian Lagoon plank 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 mollusk. And the source is extremely limited: just 150 of these posts are replaced annually.
Indeed, all of our reclaimed timber has its own story to tell, and now these valuable and finite resources are starting yet another chapter.
So what are the alternatives?
If you are looking for reclaimed wood for use as cladding, see our Vertical collection, although any of the products you'll find on these pages are equally suited to use on walls or ceilings.
If you want a rustic look, but prefer a new plank, take a look at our Henley range which is made up entirely of pre-finished planks with a textured surface. Sometimes this is achieved by distressing, sometimes by sawing, brushing, burning or planing, but whatever the technique used, the appearance is always fabulous. And if you want rustic flooring in a parquet, take a look in Design from Havwoods.