As with most of our products, our Reclaimed Oak Flooring originates in Central Europe. A part of the world that is steeped in history and the migration of cultures.
We first started dealing with wood and as such wooden floorboards back in 1991 from this part of the world. Firstly, as agents for some of the UK’s largest timber importers and then latterly as importers ourselves. Our first delve into the reclaimed flooring market was around the turn of the century and the wooden floorboards we brought into the UK then was well received. Now, with the knowledge and expertise that we have brought to our other reclaimed flooring products, we are importing Reclaimed Oak Flooring.
Our Reclaimed wooden flooring are recovered from old farm buildings. Sometimes they are from barns and sometimes from farmhouses themselves but generally, they come from buildings that were used for both. In so much that the barn and the dwelling were one property.
These buildings were constructed on a loose stone foundation. They were framed with Oak Beams and then Oak boarding was used to clad the dwelling and to also compartmentalise and floor throughout. All of this building is recovered to produce items that are used again. Of course, the part that interests us are the Oak beams and the Oak boarding.
Once the building has been deconstructed the materials are moved to a finishing mill and the first process is to detect for metal, usually, this consists of nails and fixings but sometimes pieces of shrapnel can be found. The Reclaimed Oak is then sorted by how it can be utilised. This process starts by looking at what can be salvaged to maintain its original face. This means that the next process is to separate the boards and beams.
Generally, the Reclaimed Oak Beams will be used as they are or they will be trimmed down into either solid or engineered Reclaimed Parquet Flooring, either squared or in a chevron shape. We supply this Reclaimed Parquet Flooring in either a rustic or dressed face.
The Reclaimed Oak Boards are now sorted into what can be kept with an original face and what needs to be dressed. This not only requires skill but quite a few years of experience and a good understanding of how the material behaves when further milled.
The boards are then taken off to be sliced or regularised. Depending on many aspects within the board, it is decided whether they will end up as a solid oak floorboard or an engineered floorboard. The solid oak floorboards are then sanded to make sure that there are no nasty splinters sharp and proud. Eh voila, a finished, ready to lay Solid Reclaimed Oak Floorboard either Rustic Face or Dressed Face, ready to lay.
The Engineered Reclaimed Oak Flooring need further treatment. The 10 mm thick piece of Reclaimed Oak Board is taken off for further preparation. The side that is to adhere to the Birch Plywood must be completely flat, smooth and dust-free, to allow for perfect adhesion.
The two pieces above are then sealed in a vacuum chamber to ensure that there is perfect adhesion. Apart from some further sanding, we have a Dressed Reclaimed Oak Floorboard ready for laying.
The processes above are very similar for our Reclaimed Oak Versailles Panels and our Reclaimed Oak Parquet Flooring.