Antique wood flooring can look incredible in a home whether it is a remodel of a very old house or a new one. If you love that rich, rough, lived-in look then this type of flooring is certainly one to check out. But, go in with your eyes open, because there are things to watch out for.
Antique Wood Flooring
To get that antique wood flooring look, most flooring installers buy reclaimed wood. No, they are not out razing barns. The installers purchase reclaimed wood flooring from a manufacturer that specializes in this type of flooring product.
Not all manufacturers of reclaimed wood are equal. You need to make sure that the manufacturer has treated the wood to kill any insects in it, like termites or other damaging insects. In addition to that, the boards need to be properly milled and all boards need to be straight without warping. These boards can be salvaged from bowling alleys, old structures like barns and other buildings that withstood many decades of weathering. A good manufacturer will process only the best boards to make flooring for a home.
While it feels great to recycle an antique wood floor or reclaim an old barn, there might be a nasty surprise. A hundred years ago, and maybe not as long ago as that, many very toxic chemicals were used on wood floors. So, the wood needs to be tested for toxic compounds. Our homes are very sealed up from air these days, we no longer have gaps in walls and windows to provide ventilation. This can make a toxic compound in flooring deadly. So, again, make sure a reputable manufacturer is used to purchase this antique wood flooring. You need to see past the wood’s beauty and be sure it is the right flooring for your home.