A wood floor has a lot to offer your home, from a warm inviting atmosphere to durability and style. The Lumber Baron’s flooring options include new and reclaimed lumber that is certain to enhance your home’s value and comfort. Because everyone has different tastes, which flooring choices are right for you will depend on a number of factors.
Reclaimed Lumber Flooring
Reclaimed lumber is an excellent flooring material. The natural coloration and grain of reclaimed redwood are perfect for a family room or den. For the rest of the home, reclaimed hardwoods may be more appropriate, especially in areas with a high moisture content like the bath. Reclaimed redwood is especially appropriate for the kitchen area, where the density of old-growth lumber is more resistant to scratching and scuffing in high traffic areas.
Floors Require Sealing
Because of the constant wear on a wood floor, you should always seal your flooring-- even more durable reclaimed lumber-- to reduce the effects of traffic. Paints are an option, but you will get a much more enjoyable result from sealants which allow the wood’s natural qualities to shine through. The important thing is to add a layer of protection between the lumber and the traffic moving across the floor. Sealing protects against spills, dragging feet, and other activities that cause wear or increase the possibility of scratching.
Why Reclaimed Lumber Works
Old-growth lumber is resistant to warping and splitting. These traits make it great for flooring where a smooth, unbroken surface is the order of the day. While redwood is technically a softwood, reclaimed material has cured to the point of being extremely durable, and the environment it was previously used in often creates patinas that cannot be duplicated through artificial methods.
Reclaimed Hardwoods as Flooring
If you do not want to use reclaimed lumber for your flooring, hardwoods are a great choice as well. Oak is commonly used for flooring, and other species such as maple or cherry can enhance the ambiance of the room. The Lumber Baron even carries a selection of hand-selected reclaimed oak to give you the best of both worlds.
The Lumber Baron is the Bay Area’s premiere source of top quality lumber for all of your interior or exterior projects. We specialize in reclaimed lumber but offer a wide selection of high quality wood such as cedar, oak, and redwood as well. We recommend talking with one of our experienced staff members before buying your flooring to make sure you are getting exactly what you need to make your project turn out great.