Aside from the walls, the floors are probably the biggest thing in the house. It’s no surprise then that people generally take their time in deciding how to floor their homes. There are pros and cons to floor boards and carpeting, but today we’re here to talk about floor boards. Floor boards are incredibly attractive, and the wood grain finish adds a touch of elegance and warmth to a room. Acoustically they’re great additions for living room spaces, where clarity of tone and resonance improves conversational capabilities and provides steady reverb for movies. But for those for whom sustainability is a concern there’s another option available – recycled timber flooring.
What is it?
You know how you might be driving around and see random construction sites? What about abandoned buildings? Have you ever wondered what they do with the excess materials or the materials from the destroyed building? They get repurposed. The bricks will go on to be used for other buildings, the metal will be melted down and used for other stuff, and the timber get recycled for any number of projects. One of these, is recycled timber flooring.
Why Timber Floors?
There are lots of reasons to use timber for flooring. For one thing, it looks amazing. There’s nothing quite like a beautiful, shiny, wood-textured floor. The swirling patterns of the timber grain, the rich colouration, the satisfying smoothness of the floor. Not only this, but timber floors are great for people who suffer terribly from allergies. Carpets have a tendency to cling to dust and other allergens, whereas timber’s smooth surface keeps the allergens above ground, ready to be vacuumed. With careful maintenance, the allergy sufferer can lead a good life with a solid timber floor.
Why Recycled Timber?
Recycled timber flooring is not a new thing to Melbourne. It’s a great option for the environmentally conscious, as using recycled timber prevents the cutting down of additional trees, preserving our native megaflora and keeping our blue planet green. What’s more, it’s cheaper! Because the timber is recycled, you save costs on sourcing and harvesting, and before you know it you’ve got a gorgeous hardwood floor. Also, recycled timber floors are just beautiful. We’ve said that a couple of times in this blog already, but recycled timber has a very different look to standard timber floors. This is because the timber has aged slightly, and that age is visible on the wood. Darker hues begin to permeate the timber, emphasising the knots and swirls in the wood grain, and with each part of the floor being made of a likely mis-matched piece of wood, your floor will become an artistic checkerboard of dark and like hues, whirls, and splotches. Singularly attractive, incredibly affordable, readily available, and hypoallergenic. If that’s not a done deal then I don’t know what is!
But if it’s Old and Recycled, Isn’t it Dangerous?
It would be if you or I picked the timber up ourselves from the source. When a car is broken you go to a mechanic. When a tv is on the blink you hire an electrician. In the same vein, when it comes to building your home, it’s fairly likely you’re not the one doing the work, and if you are, then you know what you’re doing and can skip this bit. However, if you’re NOT doing the work, then that’s fine because whoever IS constructing your floor, know what to look for. Not only this but recycled timber isn’t a case of walking onto a construction site and saying “Oi mate got any spare?” No, the timber that can be recycled and is safe for construction is picked out and put on the market by the experts, ready to be bought and used by professionals who know what they’re doing. In other words, if it’s on the market, it’s safe!
Jaks’s timber is one such professional! We offer high quality recycled timber for construction and flooring, and we’ve love to show you the multitude of benefits of this wonderful and environmentally sustainable material. We offer a range of services in this brilliant resource, and if you contact us here or on 03 9311 0541, we’re sure to prove a company you’ll be 100% happy with.