Cost of Reclaimed Wood Flooring
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Cost of Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Reclaimed wood has increased in popularity in recent years as homeowners have renovated their existing homes and moved to increased environmental awareness. Reclaimed wood is a sustainable material and keeps materials from going to the landfill. As a recycled resource, reclaimed wood reduces the environmental burden of producing new materials with non-renewable resources. Continue reading to see the costs associated with reclaimed wood.
The average minimum cost of reclaimed wood flooring is $8.18 per square foot.
The average maximum cost of reclaimed wood flooring is $10.43 per square foot.
In addition to the cost of the main material for reclaimed wood flooring, homeowners will find that there are labor costs associated with having a floor laid. If using a general handyman to place the wood flooring, the average hourly cost of labor is $54.36 per hour. If hiring a flooring specialist, the average cost per hour is $77.29 per hour. If the wood floor is of an unusual shape or has many corners around which extra cutting is needed, this will add to the overall cost of the project. Replacement of the subfloor will also add to the final project cost. Additional supplies such as nails, sealant and sandpaper adds an average of $1.12 per square foot of reclaimed wood flooring.
Materials Sub-Types and Uses
There are many different types of reclaimed wood flooring that consumers can select. Most reclaimed wood is collected from abandoned structures and buildings such as old houses, barns and factories. The reclaimed wood beams are combined with wood mill scraps and manufactured into boards. The most popular types of woods found in reclaimed wood flooring include oak, maple, cherry, pine, chestnut and hickory. Pine, oak and maple have the lowest cost due to the wider availability while chestnut, hickory and cherry are more costly because there is a smaller supply of the material. In addition to its use as wood flooring, reclaimed wood can also be used for other items around a home such as:
Benches and chairs
Headboards and bed rails
Wooden accent walls
Toys and wood carvings
Many homeowners prefer reclaimed wood because each board is unique. Using reclaimed wood as flooring means that the floor will look unlike any other. Reclaimed wood floors add character to a home. Homeowners who are renovating an older home may prefer to use reclaimed wood to keep with the architectural style and look of the house. When it comes to strength and durability, reclaimed wood is difficult to beat. In exceptionally old structures, wood reclaimed from them may be hundreds of years old and harvested from tree species the likes of which no longer exist. Buildings in which reclaimed wood is used as the flooring may be eligible for LEED certification.
While there are many reasons to select reclaimed wood as flooring in a home, there are some drawbacks to using this type of material. Once harvested from a structure, the wood needs to be inspected for invasive and destructive species such as ash borers, ants and termites. The wood may need to be processed, which includes having nails removed, sanding and planing the wood, and re-varnishing it to protect the surface. In addition to the processing, the wood needs to be milled again. This can create some wasted material in order to produce boards of uniform length and thickness. This can take time and add to the duration of a project. Due to the popularity of reclaimed wood, it may be difficult to get a sufficient quantity if undertaking a large project. In some areas of the country, reclaimed wood costs as much as or even more than new wood flooring. The types of reclaimed wood flooring available in one part of the country may be scarce in another part, requiring homeowners to be flexible about material selection.
Considerations Regarding Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Homeowners who want a perfect and uniform flooring may not find what they're looking for in reclaimed wood. Each board of reclaimed wood flooring may have its own patina and history replete with "defects" such as notches, scratches, dings, dents and holes. This historical character means that reclaimed wood flooring is sold "as is" and these imperfections do not degrade from the structural soundness or functionality of the wood. Due to the nature of the material, suppliers may not accept exchanges, returns or refunds on the material so buyers should be aware of what they want before they buy.
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Last updated on Nov 8, 2018