Reclaimed wood adds warmth and character to any environment, but unlike virgin wood, sourcing, installing, finishing, and caring for reclaimed wood comes with its own set of challenges.  This five-part series discusses reclaimed wood benefits and current trends, as well as incorporates many of Viridian Reclaimed Wood’s past blog posts pertaining to sourcing and choosing a finish for reclaimed wood in residential construction and remodeling.

To start, there are several benefits to using reclaimed wood flooring.

First, reclaimed is often stronger than virgin wood. When compared to new flooring, reclaimed wood flooring is up to forty points harder on the Janka hardness scale. That’s because old-growth timber is stronger than wood extracted from first-generation.

Second, it’s good for the environment. When it comes to flooring choices, you often have to select the lesser of evils: petroleum-based synthetics such as linoleum or carpeting, or newly milled resources such as stone or wood floors.  While there are some good choices in each category, reclaimed wood is by far the most sustainable choice.

Third, reclaimed wood has a unique story to tell. People are drawn toward gorgeous products that have an interesting history. Whether it’s an old-growth Doug fir beam from an abandoned warehouse or an exotic Asian hardwood crate shipped from overseas, reclaimed timber adds character and a sense of heritage to every project, and each one-of-a-kind floor has its own unique character and amazing story that will speak to you.

Next week: How to Remodel Using Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Suit Any Style