Salvaged Beauties: Reclaimed Woods

Reclaimed hardwood is a prize in itself: rich, sheer, rustic beauty and if you’re lucky enough, even a great story can be a part of your home, office or wherever you choose to have it.antique wood
With a very limited supply and a growing demand for reclaimed and recovered hardwoods, we thought is best to share some things about these precious beauties that is slowly being rediscovered by a number of homeowners.

These woods, either in the form of timber or lumber can be recovered and reclaimed from the natural environment – old growth forests, riverbeds, forgotten logging trails or abandoned structures – walls, sidings or flooring of turn of the century factories, mills, barns and Victorian houses.

Woods like these have originally been logged from forests in their natural state – sturdy and full-grown compared to today’s fast growth woods. These are one of a kind: greater in length and aged to perfection.

Its beauty remains unmatched. Technology may enable modern manufacturers to mimic reclaimed woods but authenticity cannot be duplicated. Some companies offer documents detailing the history of the woods – where it has been installed, where it was found and how it has been used before it was transformed or re-purposed. Its a great way to detail the history of the wood and learn the story behind it.

The elements also has a way of enriching recovered  wood making it more beautiful with age. Softwoods become harder and other woods’ grains become more defined, with more character and colors, richer. Naturally aged lumber also has better structural stability making it a very good material for various products.

Once processed recovered or reclaimed hardwood can be used in different ways, for making furniture, decorative panels,ceiling and even flooring with a rich history and definitive character that would certainly make it stand out more.

American Chestnut

Wood common name: American Chestnut

Wood Genus: Castenea Dentata

Age: 50 + years at harvest from structures 50 – 200 + years of age

Brief historical information: Nearly extinct

Heartwood content: 90-100%

Grain pattern: linear to arching (vertical to flat)

Knot content: few to 3”

Growth rings: 4 to 12 or more

Color: blond to rich deep brown

Nail holes: few to frequent

Widths available: 2 ½” to 15” +

Other characteristics: Generally wormy

Connecting with Clients Who Love Reclaimed Wood

Green building is about reclaimed wood flooring and using reclaimed materials. See this beautiful River Recovered Antique Heart Pine reclaimed wood floor in this restored Key West home.

The owner noted that he chose Goodwin because he felt that we cared more about what he wanted than ‘just selling a floor.’

Call us and tell us about your project.

Key West Restoration Features Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Love Reclaimed Wood Floors and Friends

Last night I was visiting my girlfriend, Deborah, to measure for some more reclaimed wood floor that she wants for an addition.

She looked down at her Goodwin engineered heart pine floors in her office and said, “I just love looking at this wood. I never get tired of it seeing it. It’s so beautiful.”

Thanks, Deborah. That’s why we put our heart in everything we do. We love reclaimed wood floors and happy clients… they can become friends!

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Why Antique Wood?


Environmental benefits:

  • Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce solid waste
  • Conserve natural resources

Economic benefits:

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Enhance asset value and profits
  • Improve employee productivity and satisfaction
  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Health and community benefits:

  • Improve air, thermal and acoustic environments
  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Contribute to overall quality of life

10 reasons to choose wood floors

  1. Wood is a natural product in a diverse selection of colors and grain patterns.Who hasn’t marveled at the beauty of a home with a fine wood floor? It’s in our nature to love trees, to harvest them and to replant them. Wood is a part of our lives and our homes. There are more choices now than ever before… a wood floor for every taste.
  2. Wood is the easiest floor to clean, requiring far less chemicals.Whenever someone says, “I think tile or carpet might be easier to clean,” I point to my wood floor cleaning tools. With only a swivel mop and sometimes a non-aerosol spray, I can clean my wood floor in less than half the time it takes to vacuum, scrub or shampoo other floor coverings. Wood doesn’t trap dust and fumes like carpet and doesn’t grow mold in the grout like tile. Best yet, fewer chemicals are needed.
  3. It’s the best choice for the environment. Production is cleaner than alternatives.Wood production is much cleaner than other building materials. Steel manufacturing results in 40 times more pollutants than manufacturing wood. Concrete requires 6 times more and brick four times. Steel releases 3 times more carbon dioxide into the enviroment and concrete even more. Wood sends less solid waste to the landfill than manufacturing steel or concrete. Finally, wood is more energy efficient. The cellular structure of wood traps air, giving it superior insulating properties. It takes 15 inches of concrete to equal the insulation qualities of just one inch of wood.
  4. You can redecorate by changing your wood floor with stains, faux finishes and inlays.You can easily and cost-efficiently change the entire look of a wood floor from time to time with stains, paints and inlays.
  5. Wood is a smart investment.There is no depreciation on a wood floor. In fact, it usually increases the resale value of a home. Real wood floors offer beauty for a lifetime — or longer! Every day people continue to walk on wood floors that are as old as our nation. For example, the floors in the White House, Washington’s Mount Vernon and Jefferson’s Monticello are still beautiful and practical today. Carpet is replaced 3 to 6 times before most solid wood floors ever need repair. Thus, wood floors cost less long term and add value to your home.
  6. Finishes can be easily repaired or reapplied.As long as maintenance procedures have been followed, wood floors can be refinished instead of adding to the landfill (as happens with some other floor coverings). Our industry helps to preserve what is already there… the finest form of recycling.
  7. Wood floors give a little on your spine and legs and are better for your joints.Don’t be surprised if your doctor recommends a wood floor for your spine and joints. Wood gives a little and is easier on your legs and feet. Have you ever noticed that your feet get tired faster if you are standing on stone or tile than if you are standing on wood?
  8. Wood is an ideal choice for people with allergies.We spend 90 percent of our time indoors so your choice of flooring can be important. Wood is the floor of choice for anyone with allergies. It will not harbor dust mites or mold and does not trap dust or fumes. Some researchers believe the dust mite could be responsible for increasing asthma occurrence. According to the American Lung Association, wood floors in the bedroom and other main living areas can improve air quality.
  9. Wood floor sales return more money back to the wood industry to support good forest management.Wood floors are a high-end use of forest products and can provide more profit, thereby ensuring the perpetuation of the forest. Many developing countries today rely on timber for export earnings, yet the greatest threat to primary forests in these countries is conversion to other forms of land use. Using exotic species for wood floors is a good way to value the wood highly and encourage reforestation for continued income production.
  10. Wood is our greatest renewable resource.North America has more than 70 percent of the forest cover that was here in the 1600’s. Plus many exotic woods come from certified sustainable forests.In North America we produce more wood than any other place on the planet! According to the World Resources Institute report, our continent was unusual in that it increased tree cover in the 1990s. In other words, we grow more than we cut. North America is also becoming known as a ‘carbon sink’. Scientists have shown that young trees use more carbon dioxide than older trees , much like younger animals need more food.


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