Why Use Reclaimed Wood?

Reclaimed wood will bring character to any interior, offering sought-after individuality and authenticity with minimal environmental impact. It comes with an embedded history and does not conform to perfect design.

Rescued from historic homes, old railway cars, barns, warehouses and factories throughout Europe, our reclaimed timber is known for its diverse appearance. These solid timber boards have indentations, naturally aged colouring, and other scars of wear and tear. Every batch is unique and every board has a story to tell.

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Reclaimed Cladding

Using reclaimed wood as cladding on walls and ceilings is an excellent way to introduce a sustainable, on-trend rustic aesthetic to any interior, with texture and authentic charm that invites you to take a closer look.

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Cladding a wall with this perfectly imperfect timber adds visual drama, taking advantage of its embedded history and the captivating life story it tells.

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Reclaimed Flooring

Give reclaimed wood a second lease of life as sustainable solid timber flooring. We offer a diverse range of reclaimed boards, each with its own individual charm, providing characterful flooring options to suit any interior space.

FAQs: Reclaimed Wood

From weathered, original-faced carriage oak and exotic hardwoods, to smooth planed, clean-looking softwoods — there are reclaimed boards out there to suit any project. However, when selecting a reclaimed wood product, there are some additional factors to consider and plenty of questions worth asking.

What is Reclaimed Wood Flooring?

Reclaimed wood comes in many different forms, rescued from many different types of property. From dramatically weathered, original-faced oak and exotic hardwoods, to clean-looking, planed smooth softwoods, there are reclaimed wood flooring options to suit any interior design project. These boards can achieve an wide array of aesthetics, from a pared back, traditional Victorian-era look, to a dramatic industrial aesthetic.

Every batch of reclaimed wood is unique, offering plenty variation and individuality.

Is Reclaimed Wood a More Sustainable Option?

When you choose reclaimed wood, you can be certain that you are minimising the environmental impact of your project. For a start, using reclaimed wood reduces virgin timber harvesting. It also takes much less time and energy to refurbish wood that has been rescued than to harvest, transport and process virgin wood. Also, by extending its life you are ensuring that the carbon captured over the tree’s lifetime remains in the the wood. And you’re keeping good, useful timber out of landfill.

Can I Install Reclaimed Wood Over Underfloor Heating?

We strongly advise against installing solid wood planks over underfloor heating. Solid reclaimed wood planks are much more susceptible to unwanted movement: they can warp, cup, or buckle when there are any significant temperature changes. This will never stop, no matter how old the timber is.

Changes in moisture content due to the continually changing temperatures delivered by underfloor heating systems will likely make solid floorboards expand and contract at unacceptable levels. This movement puts a lot of stress on the flooring and can damage it.

Where Does Your Reclaimed Wood Come From?

Sourced from across Europe, our reclaimed timber boards have been rescued from historic homes, old railway cars, barns, warehouses, and factories. The boards come in many different forms, aesthetics, and varying specifications — from weathered, original-faced oak and exotic hardwoods, to clean-looking, planed, smooth softwoods.

How Long Should Reclaimed Wood be Acclimatised Before Installation?

Unlike our extremely stable engineered planks, solid reclaimed boards are quite sensitive to changes in moisture content, and they have a tendency to expand and contract when there are changes in environmental conditions. For this reason, you should allow approximately 3 weeks in suitable conditions (with consistent temperature and relative humidity) for your reclaimed boards to become as stable as possible before installing them. So, make your rescued boards feel at home.

How Much Wastage Do I Need For Reclaimed Wood Flooring?

For reclaimed timber products, we advise a higher percentage of wastage of around 15-20%. Having this extra material is particularly important if you need to cut back to fit directly over joists or battens. Due to the nature of reclaimed timber, there’s also likely to be some sections of board with more significant imperfections than you’d find in new planks.

Need Help Choosing?

We have a large selection of beautiful reclaimed flooring and cladding products. Get advice from our friendly team about your specific requirements.