Reclaimed hardwood is a unique flooring option for homeowners who want their space to be one of a kind. The experts at Floor Coverings International Katy have all the details on the reclaimed hardwood trend, and how you can get the look for less.

Lux Meets Rustic

reclaimed hardwood katy txReclaimed hardwood is vintage lumber that has been repurposed for flooring purposes. Most reclaimed wood is not actually taken from existing floors, but from other parts of older buildings, and it is then reworked to be safe and appropriate for installation in your home.

There are two things about reclaimed hardwood that make it an irresistible idea for hip homeowners. The first thing is the look of reclaimed hardwood. As wood ages, its color and markings change. It basically matures like a fine wine and this means that reclaimed hardwood installations have a unique character and appearance that is totally unique.

The second thing many homeowners love about reclaimed hardwood is its eco-friendliness. Reclaimed is basically a fancy word for recycled, and using old lumber as part of a new home-improvement project is a great way to reduce the environmental impact of your project.

Yes, the idea of reclaimed hardwood is great, but in reality, this flooring option will only work for a handful of homeowners. The cost is high and you’ll be limited in your design options by the availability of what’s out there. Luckily, there are some great options to get rustic looking hardwood floors without the added cost and diminished creative control of the real deal.

distressed engineered hardwood flooring katy txTry it Instead: Distressed Hardwood Flooring

Distressed hardwood is a type of wood flooring that has been manipulated to look lived-in and rustic. Big flooring companies, like Armstrong, offer a variety of new hardwood products that capture the rustic style of reclaimed hardwood, because they know that homeowners love this look!

Whether you are looking for solid hardwood plank or for engineered hardwood, you will have tons of options to choose from. Keep your eyes peeled for finishes that highlight appealing irregularities in the wood, and have a low-gloss appearance. Distressed and antiqued are the watchwords.

Try it Instead: Luxury Vinyl Plank

Of course, hardwood is still an expensive flooring option, even if it’s not some super rare reclaimed variety. If you are looking to spend a bit less than you would on new hardwood floors, but you still love the idea of reclaimed hardwood, you should think about luxury vinyl plank flooring.

luxury vinyl plank distressed look katy txLuxury vinyl plank is designed to look like hardwood, with hyper-realistic details like texture and beveling. Because luxury vinyl plank is a synthetic product, manufacturers have total control in terms of style, and sure enough, there are many options that evoke the rustic character of reclaimed hardwood.

Your Local Flooring Experts

For your next hardwood flooring project, contact the team at Floor Coverings International Katy.

We offer complimentary, in-home design consultations and estimates for folks in Katy, Cinco Ranch, The Energy Corridor, and Richmond. Book online: it’s easy! The best part is you’ll be able to view all our samples in the comfort of your own home thanks to our mobile flooring showroom.

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