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Reclaimed natural wood flooring refers to flooring that is made from repurposed wood materials. This type of flooring is typically made from salvaged wood from old buildings, barns, and other structures that have been dismantled or demolished. The reclaimed wood is then cleaned, sorted, and milled into boards that can be used as flooring. The wood is carefully inspected to ensure it’s still structurally sound before being milled into planks and finished into a beautiful new flooring option.
The most obvious difference between random board widths and single board widths is how they look. Single board widths offer a uniform and organized look to your natural wood flooring, while random board widths give a more natural and rustic appearance. Single board widths are easier to install than random board widths since there’s no need to account for the exact board measurements. With single board widths, you can map out a pattern, making installation more straightforward and quicker. On the other hand, random board widths need careful planning and measuring to make sure they look balanced and even. Keep in mind, though, that all natural wood flooring, no matter how wide the boards are, needs regular maintenance to keep its beauty and durability.
Square or straight edges refer to the edges of natural wood floors cut at an exact 90° angle. As for the beveled or pillowed edges, they are simply sharp edges that have been slightly shaved down on a micro level. One popular type of pillowed edge is the micro bevel. It defines a wood floor edge cut at a 45° angle.
One of the most well-liked options for reclaimed flooring is barnwood. Most barns were constructed using planks wider than 8 inches, so wide plank recycled floors made from barnwood have a more authentic, classic look than standard flooring.
On an uneven surface, hardwood flooring can’t be put down right. First, the floor needs to be leveled. The use of underlays and resurfacing can accomplish this.
Usually, any hallway will look more uniform if the natural wood flooring is laid down along its entire length. Many hallways have had planks installed perpendicular to the walls, and they look great, but traditionally, laying planks longways is the standard.
Both methods have advantages; gluing seems to be the simplest and fastest to apply, while nailing seems to be more reliable in the long term. One thing to note is that you can actually use both methods simultaneously to ensure that your floors stay in place and also look good.
Solid hardwood requires a subfloor free of obstacles, so any vinyl, carpet, concrete, or ceramic tiles must go. Engineered hardwood floors can be glued or floated down on any subfloor, such as concrete, wood, tile, or fully adhered vinyl.
The standard thickness range for both engineered and solid natural wood floors is anywhere from 5/16″ (0.31”) to 3/4″ (0.75″).
Even though it’s not required, laying down a good base before installing your hardwood flooring can help a lot. An underlay is a covering that goes in between your subfloor and your new hardwood flooring.
Wood floor underlay or underlayment is a thin layer of substance used to protect your floors from wear and tear. It is typically composed of either fiber, felt, foam, or rubber.