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Salvaged Wood Flooring

Salvaged Wood Flooring

Trees and other green plants use the sun’s energy to change carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbohydrates and produce oxygen as a by-product. As plants decay, or are burned, they release the CO2 back into the atmosphere. Therefore, CO2 is literally locked up within every piece of lumber that is manufactured. The longer we can use, reuse, and recycle a wood product, the longer we can keep the CO2 from being emitted back into the atmosphere.

Flooring from salvaged lumber can add a very attractive feature to new home, or can integrate well into a renovation.

Softwood flooring planks can be found up to 24 inches wide, though at a premium price. The trees from which these boards came were most likely first-generation growth with large diameter trunks. Planing widths average 4 inches to 10 inches, and generally a variety of widths and lengths best suit a laid floor.

Commonly available softwoods include pine, spruce, fir, and hemlock. Homes built over a century ago would likely have had spruce and pine planks laid interchangeably. A fir floor will have a considerably different grain and color.

Most salvaged hardwood flooring is available at between one-half to equal the price of new hardwood flooring. Remember that if you replaced the longer, knot-free lengths with identical new material, it would be at least two to three times as expensive — if you could find it at all. Generally, salvaged flooring will be much longer and will give the finished product a quality appearance, as most new hardwood flooring pieces are shorter than four feet.

Read more: Home, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse

Adapted from The Resourceful Renovator, by Jennifer Corson.Copyright (c) 2000 by Jennifer Corson. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green Publishing Company.
Adapted from The Resourceful Renovator, by Jennifer Corson.

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12:55AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Your work article, blogs I mean over all contents is must read material.

12:56PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Thank you.

8:20AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Thanks for the info.

5:46AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

preparing for some remodeling - good information to keep in mind

11:46AM PST on Feb 24, 2011

very interesting

2:22AM PST on Feb 1, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:24AM PDT on Aug 30, 2010


1:15PM PDT on Aug 2, 2010

thanks for shareing Annie

12:39AM PDT on Jul 24, 2010

TY Dearest!

5:28PM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

I love the look of salvaged wood flooring.

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