“From repair & replacement matching of our original heart pine floors in our restored 1920’s home to brand new cherry floors in our addition, Chris & his crew did a great job from bid to completion!
-- Dave & Mary H., Hyde Park
Reclaimed , or recycled wood is a specialty of ours at Through the Woods and we carry a large variety of samples of this product in our Tampa showroom. We offer many species, as well as different styles, such as wide plank and parquet. You will be amazed at the variety and beauty of this wide array of woods!
Reclaimed wood is salvaged from old buildings, such as old barns and farm structures from rural areas, factories and hotels in cities, and pilings from seaside shipping ports. All of the wood rescued is from buildings that are slated for demolition and eventually landfills, a horrible waste of our planet’s resources. This wood has already been through at least a century's worth of seasonal expansion and contraction cycles, so it is more stable than new wood.
In the early years of our country, the common method for timbering was to cut trees with axes and drag logs with oxen or mule teams to the riverbanks where some of the densest, heaviest logs rolled off the rafts during the float trip to the mills. Today these logs are recovered by divers and milled into wood flooring. With its color, character and patina, river recovered wood is a beautifully behaved building material that only gets better with time.
Also available is salvaged wood from local buildings. Historic home owners here in Tampa Bay often choose these products to repair or replace termite damaged wood floors. Learn more about the most commonly used wood, Heart Pine.
Many species are available with a wide range of color and grain variation. The chosen wood can also be stained to change its color.
Reclaimed wood is appropriate in a formal setting, when you wish to create an ambiance of elegant permanence. The use of a product with more character, for example, showing more knotholes, or one that is perhaps more roughly cut, with the saw marks left on the surface, will enhance the casual look of a contemporary home, or contribute to your weekend cabinís wonderfully rustic feel.
The three main styles of Antique wood flooring are:
Strip flooring - is available in widths of 2 ½ ” and 2 ¾ “. Strip flooring ranges in thickness from 5/16 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch. This is your typical flooring that is found in older houses and gymnasiums here in Tampa Bay.
Wide Plank flooring - is offered in a variety of widths from 3” to 12”. Boards of differing widths can be combined to form an interesting floor. Plank flooring material has a thickness of ½” or ¾”.
Parquet flooring - is made up of geometrical patterns composed of individual wood slats held in place by mechanical fastening or an adhesive. Parquet can be purchased as a precut pattern, or, we can create a custom parquet for you.
For a unique floor of unsurpassed beauty, choose an Antique wood. Visit the Antique page of our portfolio to see some of the beautiful floors we have created using these amazing woods.
We look forward to helping you choose the perfect floor for your home!
Aged Woods- Domestic reclaimed woods in plank. They offer some very rustic options as well as distressing.
Antico Cadore - Reclaimed European woods in strip and parquet, with a smooth, hand-planed or wire-brushed surface.
Appalachian - A selection of domestic woods with varying surfaces. They offer some species in prefinished.
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors - Reclaimed domestic woods in plank from 4” -10” wide.
Goodwin Heart Pine - River recovered and reclaimed Heart Pine and Cypress in strip and plank.
Mountain Lumber- Reclaimed Antique woods from around the world. They offer an engineered line as well as a prefinished engineered line that is available with distressing.
Pioneer Millworks - A large selection of reclaimed and recycled wood flooring in many species, in solid and engineered.