Recycled Wood Flooring - How To
Using recycled wood flooring is a great way to save some money and help the
You can purchase the material from other home owners that are doing renovations.
Or sometimes get them for free, you just have to go and remove it yourself.
Either way you'll be able to save yourself money and get the wood flooring you want.
The trade off
- tons of work involved.
There's a reason why reclaimed and antique flooring
is so expensive, it's not just
because there old and hard to get.
But all the work involved to turn them into usable wood flooring
If, recycled wood flooring is your thing.
Here are some process on how to recycle wood flooring
- Clean up your wood flooring boards. Remove any gunk that's on the edges.
This is important because we want our recycled flooring to fit tight to
each other, to minimize on gapping.
- Remove all nails and staples, especially along our cut edges. We
don't want to plunge a saw blade into our recylced flooring and get hit by a hot piece
- Sort out your recycled hardwood flooring boards. Separate them by
length and width(random width). Put aside any partial boards or boards
that have been cut from previous installation. You can use these for ends or filler
strips on the final row.
- Re-mill your recycled flooring. Skim cut your tongue and groove to remove any
dirt, glue or wood floor finish. If, your recycling pine flooring or any flooring with
square ends, re-mill the sides, so you have a clean edge to work with.
Old pine flooring boards are sometimes not square or the sides are not parallel. You'll
need to recut them, so your recycled flooring installation is easier and that you will
get higher quality end result.
You'll be able to make your recycled wood flooring tighter to each other and reduce
- Plane your recycled flooring material. Rent a thickness planer and
plane your recycled wood flooring to the same thickness. This will make it, less
work and easier to sand, especially with soft recycled hardwood flooring like pine
flooring and spruce wood flooring, where the floor boards may have uneven
Sort out any boards that are to thin in thickness. Save them for closet spaces
Gaps - Your recycled wood flooring's moisture content is acclimated to the
previous home. It may lose more additional moisture after it is installed into your
home. Keeping the joints tight will help reduce gapping.
perform all these task first and you'll end up with beautiful looking recycled wood
Here are some images from our most recent recycled wood flooring, random width
The home owners purchased 600
s.f. of random width white pine flooring. We started the recycling process by
cleaning them up, de-nailing and removing any staples.
The recycled flooring boards were then ran through a thickness planer. They were
planed down to 11/16, and any usable boards with a smaller dimension was
sorted out for later use.
We then milled the sides to our desired width. Since, the owner chose random widths,
we ripped our boards varying from 3 inch to 6 1/2" width. Then, they were sorted by
width, to make it much more easier, to pick and choose the recycled flooring board we
wanted to use.
Note: There is no special rule or order you need to follow for
installing random widths wood flooring, other than completing a row with a
Do a dry layoutt of your recycled hardwood flooring, step back and look at
it. If, it looks good continue, if not, rearrange the width. Avoid
cluttering a section with too many of the same size wood width.
Our reclaimed recycled wood flooring was installed with 3" 2d cut nails, that were
nailed into the flooring joist.
If you will be using this face nail method, make sure you install these
flooring over a plywood sheathing surface and not a plank board subfloor.
A plywood surface will give you a nice even finished surface compared to a
plank board. You can end up with waves or an irregular surface, if you don not
install over a plywood surface.
Add a layer of 1/2 plywood sheathing over your plank board subfloor, before
you start, with your face nailing floor installation.
When installing random widths, make sure the wood flooring width you are using can
make a complete row, before cutting or nailing the wood floor boards in place. For
more details see our reclaimed hardwood
All your cuts(end) should land on a floor joist, as shown in the image above, plan
out each and every cut. For help on planning out or setting up the layout, see our
white pine flooring page.
A 6 1/2" fireplace frame was put in around the fireplace hearth. Stair nosing and
thresholds were fabricated where needed.
After the recycled flooring was installed, the cut nails were set and the
floors were sanded and stained with a Minwax Provincial stain.
3 coats of Bona - Woodline oil base polyurethane wood floor finish was applied
to protect the stain.
Purchase some old flooring, recycle them,
use are website as a guide, save money and enjoy them.
G and S woodfloors Lynn,Ma.