Universal Floors has made it their mission to create beautiful floors from reclaimed materials. The family company takes reclaimed wood to create floors that sparkle. In some cases, 100 year old wood is being in many historic houses in the Washington area. Even the East Room of the White House features flooring from Universal Floors.
“We take stuff off a trash heap, breathe fresh life into it, and it can last another 100 years,” Lynn said.
The flooring they use comes from a number of sources. Wood from older houses that are scheduled to be torn down is one way the company creates their reclaimed wooden floors. Wood is also taken from barns, fences, and logs found in the river. The logs are often pulled from the bottom of the river after sitting there for over 100 years. The water is extracted from the wood and it processed to be used as part of their flooring.
“There are basically three ways we reclaim wood,” Lynn said. The first is from deconstructing a building, such as an abandoned farmhouse or warehouse. The second is retrieving wood cut during the logging boom in the 1800s and early 1900s from waterways. Some logs sank to the bottom of the river and have been there for 100 years,” Lynn said.
The wood is used in more than just older homes. Some new home owners are asking for reclaimed wood in their floors because it adds a distinctive look to their new homes. The wood comes with nail holes and saw marks that tell a story about the life each piece has lived. Reclaimed wood is a highly sought after material for many homes in the Washington area. Some of the planks come from trees that no longer grow in the area.
“Customers are looking for green products, and reclaimed wood gives them that authentic period style,” said Raymond Hochstetler, general manager of Appalachian Woods.
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