So you are trying to choose what kind of flooring to select? Perhaps we can help you with a little guide on some character differences of reclaimed wood floor covering from the point of view of a producer like ourselves who concentrates on making wood flooring from reclaimed lumber.
Did you see a photo that you like and now you have the bug that you desire that unique flooring? Fortunately is that it could probably be produced you, but prior to you go a long ways down the course of picking which floor you desire and asking for a screen room full of samples, inquire about some rate ranges. There is a common misunderstanding that because recovered wood is allegedly restored it needs to be less expensive than virgin wood floors. If you are buying a quality kiln dried and accuracy milled product, usually that is not the case. The only expense savings would be if you found some scraps or did some salvage work yourself, you might conserve some costs. For example you may discover a gym flooring or planks out of a barn hay loft that you wish to pin down on your floor. The product might have been next to complimentary, however just how much time are you going to have in making it usable and pulling nails? Are the outcomes what you desire?
In this post we will be talking about a number of various classifications of wood floor covering. Solid wood floor covering is one board without any glued up laminations; it is generally wood board that has been sized and profiled to a certain dimension. Engineered flooring has a on the top whatever types and texture you desire, and this is glued to a plywood backer on the bottom. Engineered is still all wood but is made with several layers that are laminated for much better stability and dimensional accuracy. Floorings that we will not cover here are laminates or any composite items which are typically not wood totally through the slab or may be made with a photo printed surface. We also will not cover vinyl, carpet, stone, or tile.
Wood floor covering is typically a generic term that might apply to any kind of wood floor covering. Hardwood trees (oak, maple, cherry, walnut, elm, chestnut) are normally trees that had leaves which fall off in the winter. Softwood trees (pine, fir) have needles that might remain on all year and usually they produce cones. Woods are generally more dense and more resilient than softwoods. Obviously, there are exceptions to these generalities. In our product line the woods cost more than the softwoods.
As a reoccurring theme in this post you will discover that you frequently get exactly what you spend for. Admittedly, the higher end price point items ($ 11+/ sf) from more unusual woods are not always much better quality but we find that up to that point quality improves with rate. Our solid wood floorings vary in price from $4-9 per square foot and our engineered ranges from $7-15 per square foot. We will discuss applications below, however our point is that you need to have a sensible spending plan when shopping. Sometimes a good option if you have your heart set on a pricey floor is to utilize less of it and put it just in essential areas. Don’t do the whole home. Possibly simply do the main high traffic areas and utilize a cheaper alternative in bedrooms.
If your price-point is not even in the very same zip code, maybe it is in a different state, start shopping other options. For instance if you remain in the $1-2/ sf range take a look at the deep discounters or laminate choices. The FSC licensed 12mm exterior birch plywood that we utilize to producer the crafted flooring expenses us that much alone, not counting all the other labor and materials.
Likewise when pricing a flooring be sure to factor in the entire installed cost and the life time expense. Here are examples of some variables that might change the total expenses:
With recovered material waste factor is a huge variable. Just how much effort does the maker require to provide you a 100% functional item? Badly crushed with hardly any defecting and culling done on a strong wood flooring that costs $6/sf and has a 15% waste factor in fact costs more than a comparable item that is crushed better costing $7/sf with a 2% waste factor. That extra wastes costs more in shipping and labor to problem. This is among the hardest things to demonstrate to a customer that the face value costs doesn’t necessarily represent the real raw material cost unless one is truly comparing identical quality and specified items.
For the 2nd variable here is a questionable opinion: we do not end match our floor covering which means there is no tongue and groove on the ends of the planks. Given that we recommend our floor be glued down we say this is an unneeded expenditure for the client. End matching reduces the yield in production and raises labor costs. The majority of end match profiles are milled so loosely that they really don’t hold the flooring in place anyway. The biggest advantage to the installer is that the slab can be cut in half in any place and recycled anywhere without need to mate as much as a complementary tongue or groove given that completion is just square cut. This indicates all end trim pieces or any waste can be recycled. Therefore on our crafted flooring product the waste aspect is practically absolutely nothing unless there are angles or radiuses to work around. We also help with waste element by normally supplying a random width item so when one gets near to completion of a room they can prepare the width combination patterns out to not need to rip much off the last row.
The 3rd variable is setup costs. Our engineered item has labor savings over our strong wood item due to the fact that it is pre-sanded and milled to tighter tolerances. It is likewise prefilled in the holes and has next to absolutely no waste. On the other hand you may have a little more in expense of gluing it down in addition to nails, but this is simply a step in direction of better quality and peace of mind during the set up.
Consider the expense of refinishing the floor later or doing touchups. This is a whole another short article. Some surfaces can be spot touched up like a few of the oils while others require a full sand over the entire floor. Some surfaces need an expert installer and might have severe odor during the remedy. If you deal with the floor for very long, element these decisions in for the type of finish to select for life time durability and the cost & effort to refinish.
Compare overall thickness and the height from the top of the tongue or nail groove to the top of the face on the flooring. On a crafted floor this is usually the density of a wear layer. Most solid wood floors are 3/4″ overall before sanding (but some are less) with 1/4″ above the nail groove. Our crafted floor is made to equivalent measurements however many crafted floors have a thinner wear layer. This boils down to how many times the floor can be sanded. What sort of finish and texture you desire on the flooring aspects into how deep you will re-sand the floor throughout refinishing. A number of our reclaimed wood floors are offered with an initial texture that shows the old saw marks and character in the flooring, so more than likely you will not wish to sand this out. As a rule of thumb, the thicker the wear layer then the longer the floor will last.
Compare the expense of a character grade virgin floor to recovered. The reclaimed may cost more up front, however the additional variability, texture and character in it might hide or mask the abuse better. It could therefore last longer because of the forgiving nature in the fundamental appearance of the reclaimed material. What is resale value to having a special item installed? You might alienate some purchasers by taking a danger or impress others with the personalization.
Analyze every action of the procedure to be sure that you can do it yourself. Normally the install can be made with reasonably moderate skills and basic tools like a chop saw and rented floor covering nailer. The completing procedure is a whole various matter. The sanders and buffers take some unique skills to operate. A regular rate range for labor and materials to set up a wood floor is $4-5 per square foot. It is possible to build your own sweat equity into a floor set up. Perhaps this is where you opt to utilize our engineered item for example since it is presanded to more accurate tolerances than a solid wood item. It can be touched up with a hand held orbital sander rather than industrial flooring sanders. Then if you are doing the surface yourself, you will wish to think about using a surface that may not require as much buffing in between coats.
Here is a word on prefinished product if they factor into your choice. If you lose on your order, the next lot that you purchase may not match your previous batch. This is especially an issue on the lower end cost floors and import floorings. Best of luck attempting to mix it in with your previous floor. So if you go this path, be extra precise on your measurements. Today the rage is life time guarantees on floor covering. We stop to believe is that really even possible? First will that importer or maker truly be around a lifetime? A lot of products are made manages; the warranty is only excellent if there is somebody still around for the life of the warranty. Are you going to have the ability to enforce the warranty? Also, do you truly believe that a surface can last a lifetime? For instance take a nail and attempt scraping it throughout the surface area. Sure it is a durable, well used finish, but it is impossible to make a product that will not get abused eventually in its life time. Do you think that the only severe trial your floor will ever see is a stinky sock? Check out the fine print on the guarantee and despite exactly what it states consider the true replacement expense on the flooring. It most likely only covers the cost of material of the specific damaged item under normal wear and tear. Your product may not be made exactly the exact same later (trends and product lines change) to change the area that is warrantied, so you may have to change the whole floor years later. You will have labor expense together with displacement of trim, cabinets, and devices. Also most of these lifetime finishes can not be fixed or sanded because of a micro bevel placed on the edge of prefinished floor. Our guidance is rather to purchase a quality product that can be refinished and fixed because something will go wrong in the lifetime of the floor; do not get a false complacency.
We personally do not care for prefinished flooring due to installation issues connected with it, so our product requires website applied surface. This indicates that your floor surface if website applied will be much easier to sand and refinish than a prefinished floor. Also you do not have to handle that micro bevel groove in between each board that tends to fill up with dust and crumbs. The majority of prefinished hardwood floorings truly can’t be refinished quickly. To sand it off means that the wear layer needs to be thicker than the height of the nails and have space to sand off the micro bevel between boards; that total up to a lot of sanding. You likewise will not be able to identify sand or retouch parts of the floor.