Reclaimed wood flooring looks stunning, is highly individual and works with both traditional and contemporary design schemes. But historically it was 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 means that it can be relied on for even the largest of projects.
Reclaimed wood tells a story
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, thus 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 Europe. For example, 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 mollusk. And the source is extremely limited: just 150 of these posts are replaced annually.
All of our reclaimed wood flooring has its own story to tell, and now these valuable and finite resources are starting another life. Many have been made into engineered boards, which means that the reclaimed planks are backed by further layers of hardwood, softwood or multi-layered plywood making them stable enough to be fitted over underfloor heating.
It 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.
Alternative rustic wood flooring
If you want rustic wood flooring but prefer a new plank, take a look at our Henley range. The entire collection is characterised as pre-finished planks with a textured surface. Sometimes this is achieved by distressing, sometimes by sawing, brushing, burning or planing, but whatever the technique, the appearance is always fabulous. And if you want rustic flooring in a parquet, take a look in Design from Havwoods.