Reclaimed Floorboards Vs New Floorboards

The Benefits Of Reclaimed Floorboards?

Reclaimed Floorboards usually come in varying widths and lengths. This is due to the boards being sanded and cut over the many years they have been in use. This means the size of reclaimed floorboards are usually narrower and shorter than new floorboards.

In general, older boards have more character and give a rustic look. Many reclaimed boards even have original features such as previous nail holes, cracks and marks which adds to the rustic look.

As all of our floorboards are sourced from different locations and have different pasts, no two will look the same. This also causes the boards to age differently creating tonal variations throughout. 

Reclaimed flooring is much harder to come across as we are recycling old wood. This means are source is limited to what we can find. So once a range of flooring is sold out it may never come back in stock. We may also only have a limited amount of stock so make sure you enquire before purchasing.

Durability is considerably better in reclaimed flooring due to their original purpose being to last a lifetime. The boards are also already weathered meaning no additional shrinking or warping will occur, making them very low maintenance.

The pricing of older floorboards is higher due to the complexity of salvaging and prepping the boards but they will last considerably longer.

The Benefits Of New Floorboards?

The main benefit of new flooring is the options. Choices of colour, style, length and width are endless. Allowing you to choose a board that is exactly to your requirements.

The appearance of new floorboards is much more smooth and clean. This is due to being able to have a consistent base colour with no previous nail holes or cracks that you get with reclaimed floorboards.

New flooring is also much easier to come across, and the style/design can usually be easily replicated.

However, new flooring has a large price range meaning sometimes the price can be much cheaper than reclaimed wood, but it can also be considerably higher.

Old vs New

One of the most important factors to consider is the environmental effect of the flooring you choose. With reclaimed floorboards you are re-using old wood, meaning you are not directly contributing towards a tree being cut down, in many ways you are actually preventing it by using wood that is already made. 

However with new floorboards, these are going to have to be created, therefore a tree or multiple trees will need to be cut down. But there is a loophole! If you would prefer to have new wood flooring and you want to be more environmentally friendly, make sure you buy wood from a company that is FSC and PEFC certified.

If you are looking for high quality reclaimed floorboards take a look at our range today.

Reclaimed Floorboards
Yvonne Coomber
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"A very helpful company, who arranged swift delivery. The floorboards themselves are truly exquisite. I am an artist demand a visual excellence. I was not disappointed and I cannot recommend this company highly enough!"
Emma Rosewarne
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"Absolutely love the boards from Old English Timbers, look great down and everyone asks where I got them. Wendy has been amazing to deal with. Originally was just going to use in three rooms but I love them so much now doing the whole house"
Lisa Costa
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"I have had a great service from them. Wendy has been very helpful and the delivery driver even rolled his sleeves up! The floor is beautiful and everything I hoped for - Many Thanks!"
Sophia K
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"My experience with this company has been nothing but first class from start to finish. Wendy handled my order from the beginning and was on hand for any minor questions I had, once the flooring had arrived I could not have been happier, the finish was exactly how I wanted it. I will definitely be using the company again."
Terry Stephens
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"Highly recommend Wendy and the guys at Reclaimed Flooring UK. The boards are beautiful and exactly as we'd hoped for."
Oliver rodger
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"Excellent product. I would highly recommend the finished article looks great. Even the delivery driver helped unload. I would suggest to anyone buying to order slightly more than you need, my floorer (I think recommend about 4% more than you would need) I would suggest a little more as I got a little close to finish. This was just down to straightining up the ends of the boards."
John Soden
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"Brilliant collection of different types of reclaimed floorboards ~ all finished to a high standard. Customer service was 1st rate ~ nothing was too much trouble."
Jane Kirk
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"Excellent product. Floor looks amazing."