Understanding Interior Design

Top 3 Reasons To Consider Reclaimed Wood For Your Floors

Once you've decided to replace your current flooring with hardwood from a retailer like National Carpet Mill Outlet, you might think that the most difficult decision is out of the way. But there are so many different types of wood and sources for wood that you now have a number of brand-new decisions to make. To narrow things down a little more, why not opt for reclaimed wood for your floors? Reclaimed wood has a number of different benefits that make this route a terrific choice for many homeowners. Check out some of the reasons why reclaimed wood may be right for you.

It's Less Expensive

How much you'll pay for reclaimed wood for your floor depends largely on the seller, and on the origin and type of the wood, so it's hard to give an exact figure. However, chances are good that you'll pay less for reclaimed wood than you would for virgin wood of similar type and quality.

This is because it simply costs less and uses less resources to make flooring planks from wood that's already been in use than it does to cut down new trees and create planks from virgin wood. Many products are cheaper when made from recycled materials, and wooden flooring is no exception.

It's Environmentally Friendly

If you love wooden floors but have qualms about contributing to deforestation, reclaimed wood is the perfect choice for you. The wood has already been cut and was previously used, so you're not contributing to the removal of any new trees. As a matter of fact, you're saving that previously-used wood from ending up in a landfill while it's still useful. You can't get much more environmentally friendly than that.

It's Unique

When you choose to go with reclaimed wood, you gain access to more unusual flooring options that you wouldn't have access to otherwise. For example, you could choose to have a floor made of chestnut, elm, or heart pine wood. Chestnut and elm wood were once commonly found in homes and buildings, but after a large number of the trees succumbed to blight, the wood became less common and is now only available in reclaimed form. Heart pine wood refers specifically to long leaf pine trees that were standing in the 1600s when early settlers arrived in the US, few of which remain today.

Many reclaimed wood sellers can also provide you with information about how the wood for your floor was previously used, which means that in addition to unique types of wood, you'll have access to wood with a unique history, which can give your floor—and by extension your home—a character and personality that it wouldn't have otherwise.

Before you make a decision, be sure to look into the various reclaimed wood sellers in your area. You may be surprised by how much you like the options available to you.