Should you Choose New or Reclaimed Timber Flooring?

What Kind of Hardwood Flooring is Right for your Home?

Choosing hardwood flooring for your home is the easiest way to lower your maintenance costs over a long period of time. Because hardwood planks are known to last fifty or more years, you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to install another floor for a very long time. Today, hundreds of flooring styles offers homeowners the choice between fresh new hardwood planks or characteristic reclaimed flooring. Let’s take a look at the factors to consider when choosing between new and reclaimed hardwood flooring for your home.

Should you Choose New or Reclaimed Timber Flooring?
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New Floor Planks

There’s nothing like a brand new timber floor to give your home a contemporary face lift. Many families who choose to install a new hardwood floor do so because this route offers infinitely more options in regards to plank colour, grain pattern, and size. Because of this, they are able to achieve a more custom look without paying the price for custom finishing. Often, this makes new flooring slightly more affordable compared to reclaimed hardwood.



Reclaimed Flooring

Although a new, shining floor can bring out joy and excitement in even the most original homes, reclaimed hardwood flooring also adds enormous character thanks to its age and unique appearance. Reclaimed wood floors are crafted from repurposed timber, usually sourced from things like railroad ties, wharfs, and other unused property. Although it is a little more unorthodox to manufacture, the benefit of reclaimed wood floors really lies in its minimal impact on the environment. Surprisingly, reclaimed wood is actually harder and stronger than new wood, because it comes from old growth forests. As a result, they are more stable, rot-resistant, and better equipped to withstand damage from termites.

Which is best for you?

Picking between reclaimed and new hardwood flooring will be an entirely personal decision. Households on tighter budgets would do well to invest in a new timber floor because of their affordability and vast number of options. Because new hardwood flooring is often easier to source than reclaimed timber, it may also be the best choice for homeowners who have to install their flooring within a specific time frame. On the other hand, homeowners who prioritize being an environmentally friendly household should definitely consider reclaimed wood. Not only will your eco-friendly floor benefit the environment it will also benefit your home with its charm and character.

Both new and reclaimed hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. Each option will deliver decades of low-maintenance service, and will add a unique appearance to your home. While new hardwood planks will be easier to source (and possibly more affordable), reclaimed wood is eco-friendly and packs a surprising amount of appeal thanks to its old age. If you have any questions about which type of hardwood floor would best fit your home, contact our team of flooring experts today for more information.

6 Clever Hardwood Flooring Designs

Redesigning your home is an exciting experience. Watching your living space transform into a room that you love to spend time in is one of the best parts of a remodel. As one of the biggest focal points of a home, flooring dominates the appearance of your home. If you are considering upgrading your floors, find inspiration from our six hardwood flooring designs below.

Two-Toned Hardwood: Many homes use hardwood flooring with a single color throughout, but sometimes a mix of two different tones is what it takes to bring out the beauty of your home. In this image, you can see how the sandy tan and forest brown colors work together to highlight the bare walls of the hallway.
6 Clever Hardwood Flooring Designs


Ebony Hardwood: The photo below from HGTV shows you just how ebony hardwood flooring designs can be absolutely breathtaking. When paired with different tones and accented by bold colours, an ebony floor can be the perfect backdrop for an interior design theme.


Classic and Simple: Sometimes, a simple hardwood floor is all you need to make your home feel larger and more welcoming. Natural light tends to bounce off timber planks, adding a vibrant light to rooms that would have been soaked in by floor coverings like carpet. The photo below of one of our projects shows you just how wood flooring can add more light to a room.


Rustic Charm: One of the most universal appeals of timber flooring is its ability to add a rustic character. Today, you can find timber flooring in a number of rustic themes, including eco-friendly choices like reclaimed wood. In the photo below, Massimo Interiors adds a lived-in charm to this opulent room with a multi-toned rustic hardwood floor.


Pronounced Grain Patterns: A simple room can be brought to life when a floor with a pronounced grain pattern is selected. By adding an eye-catching timber design to a house with bare walls, you can add more character throughout your home in one simple upgrade. In the image below, we used this light floor with a long, oval grain design to bring out the soft colors and natural light in our clients’ room. The finished product is stunning!



A Glossy Finish: Some wood floors feature a shinier gloss than others. When a reflective wood floor is paired with soft, plain walls, the result can be remarkable. Just take a look at the how beautiful room below (designed by Cooloola Building Company) feels more spacious and bright thanks to the reflective gleam of the flooring.


There are hundreds of exciting flooring ideas that you can use in a home or office. Consider using colour samples, online resources, and magazines to find the colour that will best compliment your walls and existing décor. Whether you intend to leave your floors bare, or cover them with rugs for added support and warmth, you’ll be able to enjoy your real timber floors for decades to come. If you have any questions about picking the right timber plank or measuring your floor space, contact our team for help.