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Ideas for Selecting Reclaimed wood flooring for your home or store.

September 8th, 2014

Reclaimed wood flooring enhances any  style home or store. Choose A Look You’ll Love. You can have reclaimed wood flooring in any room. Enhance your music room, living room, kitchen, dining room, hallway, stairway, entryway and sitting room. They’ve even found their way into the Hyatt; elevator, lobby, and dining room. You may not have known what you were walking on but I’m sure you’ve walked on reclaimed wood flooring in retail stores such as J Crew. They’ve also been used in pubs. A great place for a rustic look.

3 ideas for selecting reclaimed wood flooring for your home or store.

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Types of Reclaimed Wood Available

Berkshire Pine

Berkshire Pine Barn Siding - Raked - Dry Brushed

Berkshire Pine Barn Siding – Raked – Dry Brushed

Barn Siding as reclaimed wood can be found throughout New England as cladding on old barns. The preserved saw marks and fastener holes visible on this fiber make this species unique. Its raked finish shown is applied at the mill and is then dry brushed with white paint to highlight the original saw marks of the material.

Reclaimed Barn Siding will feature a random mix of naturally faded colors. Colors in grey or brown siding can range from dark to light gray or brown. Original Paint can range from saturated to very light faded color.

Hickory

Hickory is reclaimed wood from barn beams found in the midwest. Each Hickory plank is hand-selected for unique colors and features that can only be found in slow-growth wood that has been naturally aged. This material features wide variations in color, from nearly white to dark brown. There is a delicate balance of sound cracks, checking, wormholes and knots. It is the strongest North American commercial wood available.

New England Hemlock

New England Hemlock Reclaimed Wood Flooring from old barns and cabins

New England Hemlock – Bear Wood – Unfinished

New England Hemlock is reclaimed throughout the Northeast. It’s primarily in New England from old barns and cabins. It has a tendency to be very  grainy with a very pronounced knot structure. As the material weathers, the grain begins to lift; making it more vulnerable to the mill’s “Bear Wood” finishing process which further exposes the grain. Light checking exists in the fiber.

Oak

Oak is reclaimed from wood joists, rafters, granary boards, siding and floor boards in old barns and other wooden structures. Reclaimed Oak hardwood flooring is known for its strength, durability and resistance to wear. It is among our most popular flooring choices. It has warm earth tones, a tight knot structure, slight checking and varying grain patterns. Expect original saw marks, nail holes, sound cracks, checking and wormholes.

Discover how to create the perfect effect for your style.

For the lodge and farmhouse-style,  you might choose wide planks with worm holes and saw marks. This effect is very  popular. Unfinished wood goes well in the rustic lodge and farmhouse styles. Consider the New England hemlock shown above in the Types of Reclaimed Wood Available.

For more formal Colonial Revival homes or Victorian homes, antique woods with clear vertical grains and few character marks work well. The prefinished woods go well in the more formal looks.

For Contemporary spaces, a current trend is to whitewash antique oak. The characteristics of age, along with accessories, change the look.

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August 7th, 2014

#1 Reclaimed wood flooring

What is Reclaimed Wood Flooring?

Reclaimed Wood FlooringReclaimed Wood Flooring is Eco Friendly Choices for Building and Remodeling. How? Because it is processed wood retrieved from its original application and reused. Most reclaimed lumber comes from timbers and decking rescued from old barns, factories and warehouses. Some companies use wood from less traditional structures such as boxcars, coal mines and wine barrels. Reclaimed or antique lumber is used primarily for decoration and home building. For example as siding, architectural details, cabinetry, furniture and flooring.

Reclaimed lumber is popular for many reasons: the wood’s unique appearance, its contribution to green building, the history of the wood’s origins, and the wood’s physical characteristics such as strength, stability and durability. The increased strength of reclaimed wood is often attributed to the lack of air pollution that existed up until the 20th century as well as to the wood’s often having been harvested from virgin growth timber, which had hundreds of years to grow before human intervention.

Reclaimed beams can be sawn into wider planks than newly harvested lumber, and many companies claim that their products are more stable than newly cut wood because reclaimed wood has been exposed to changes in humidity for far longer and is therefore more stable. This stability allows it to be used with radiant heating systems. In some cases, the timbers from which the boards were cut had been naturally expanding and contracting for over a century in their previous installation. Radiant heat, with its low temperatures and even distribution affects the wood flooring the same way, but the impact is much less dramatic with antique wood than newly sawn wood because antique wood has already been through this cycle for years.

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#2 Caesarstone quartz countertops to create truly unique environments

Caesarstone, another Eco Friendly Choices for Building and Remodeling, is a beautifully engineered quartz stone which comprises approximately 93% natural quartz. Practical, durable, and attractive it has significant advantages over natural stone and other surfacing materials due to its superior strength and quality. Caesarstone’s quartz surfaces retain the cool, tactile qualities of natural stone while enabling the user with a durable work surface designed for ease and convenience.CaesarStone™ quartz countertops for your home

Quartz is ideal for virtually any interior work surface. The applications can extend to your kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, backsplashes, wall paneling, commercial interiors, furniture and flooring. 

Caesarstone’s quartz surfaces never need sealing and require minimal maintenance to keep them looking like new. The hard, non-penetrable surface makes cleaning simple and in most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent are all that are required to maintain its lustre.

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#3 Low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Paints; something’s in the air

How is Low VOC Paint an Eco Friendly Choice for Building and Remodeling? It helps reduce emissions that pollute, which helps improve air quality. paint-related products are one of the worst environmental offenders. They’re the second largest source of VOC emissions into the atmosphere after automobiles, responsible for roughly 11 billion pounds every year. Low VOC Paints - Eco Friendly choices for Building and Remodeling

Household paint contains up to 10,000 chemicals, of which 300 are known toxins and 150 have been linked to cancer. Some of the most harmful chemicals found in paint are VOCs. These chemicals aren’t something you want to spray on your body or potentially even keep inside your house.

VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that readily vaporize into the air. When they enter the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues including breathing problems, headache, burning, watery eyes and nausea. Some VOCs have been linked to cancer, as well as kidney and liver damage.

As paint dries, the harmful VOCs release into the air at high levels. Indoor VOC levels are routinely 10 times higher than outdoor levels, and up to 1,000 times higher immediately after painting. Although VOC levels are highest during and soon after painting, they continue seeping out for several years. In fact, only 50 percent of the VOCs may be released in the first year.

They are most well-known for the harm they can cause indoors, where they can be introduced via paint, carpets, furnishings, and cleaning agents.

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If you prefer to talk to someone on the phone, please call John with Connaughton Construction at 781-899-1438 x 14 or  Ellen at x13.

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