Recycled flooring: Wood flooring is meant to last a century: new, reclaimed or recycled wood flooring. If, you are doing a remodel or know someone who is. Save the environment by recycling those unwanted flooring, giving something old new life again.
Using recycled flooring is a great way to save some money and help the environment at the same time. You can purchase the material from other home owners that are doing renovations. Or sometimes get them for free, by offering to remove it for free. 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 beautiful wood flooring.
Performing all these task, will ensure that your wood floors perform at it's best and last a century.
The home owners purchased 600 square feet of random width white pine flooring. We started the recycling process by cleaning them up, de-nailing and removing any staples or metal.
The recycled wood 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 other uses.
We then milled the sides to our desired width. Since, the owner chose random widths, we ripped our floor boards varying from 3 inch to 6 1/2" width. Then, it was sorted by width, to make it much more easier, to pick and choose the recycled flooring board, when we wanted to use it.
Do a dry layout 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. Where as, you can end up with waves or an irregular surface conditions, 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 flooring page.
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 provide protection for the wood flooring.
To keep with the theme, we used a rough board for the riser of his step
Sand, stained and polyurethaned
Don't be so fast to throw out those good but old, unwanted floors. Sell or donate it to someone that can give it new life. Recycling flooring is a great way to save the environment and save you money. If, you have any questions send us an email.