Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of Lumber. Solid hardwood floors were originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers. Solid wood floors have a thicker wear surface and can be sanded and finished more times than an engineered wood floor. It is not uncommon for homes in New England, Eastern Canada, and Europe which are several hundred years old to have the original solid wood floor still in use today.
The history of each piece of wood is visible through its patina and the hallmarks of time that give the wood depth and tell the story of its provenance. Our reclaimed oak flooring ranges in coloration, size, and character. The traditional oak flooring features knots, some nail holes, and occasional surface checking. This character, along with inherent strength and water-resistant qualities, has made reclaimed oak a floor of choice.
Salvage Europe will only source antique oak lumber that possesses unusual age, rustic character, and size. We also have access to centuries-old wide antique original French oak floorboards and reclaimed wide oak boards with original rustic ‘as is’ surface worn patina. Reclaimed antique French oak floorboards are sourced predominantly from France, salvaged from prestigious Paris apartments, chateaux’s, barns and townhouses among other prominent known historic buildings in France and throughout Europe. Sizes and quantities of the reclaimed stock vary depending on the source and job lot and change constantly. The reclaimed antique oak boards are offered in mixed widths and lengths, some featuring various authentic rustic hand-hewn surfaces.