Floors, Walls, Ceilings, Surface Finishes

Antique Wood Flooring, Timbers & Boards

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Antique wood is superior to newly milled wood on two counts: appearance and engineering properties. Just about all antique wood available today is recycled virgin-forest slow-growth timber, which gives it a tight grain structure that is far stronger than today's fast-growth softwoods. In addition, the grain structure and patina of antique boards are far more visually pleasing in many applications than newly cut and milled wood.

Most of today's antique wood comes from two sources: recycled beams and boards from demolished 19th-century buildings and barns and recovered "sinker" logs that sank in America's waterways many decades ago as they were being floated to sawmills. Thus, antique wood has to be considered a finite resource, and diminishing, resource. Because of superior properties, a growing demand and comparatively limited sources, antique wood is a premium material and is priced accordingly.