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recycled timber in flooring Reclaimed Floorboards
This term refers to floorboards salvaged from buildings to be demolished or gutted. Reclaimed floorboards are professionally lifted with a floorbar and removed for re-use as flooring in a new build. In this region, Tasmanian Oak and Baltic Pine floorboards are common - but Beech Myrtle, Blackwood, Kauri pine, Hoop Pine, Jarrah, Ironbark, Tallowwood, Blackbutt and Brushbox floors are found in houses, schools, warehouses and public buildings.     The character of these boards is various. They may have a scratched and worn surface or a clean finish from a lifetime protected by carpet. They may have been polished before - or retain original face. As with most reclaimed products, you need to have some trust in your supplier that these properties are known and understood - and that informed choice is possible. As a general rule, reclaimed floors will not re-lay with the tight fit of modern floorboards and will show irregular gapping of 0.5 to 1.0mm as a minimum. Edge residues on some joblots will mean that gapping averages can exceed this minimum. This should not pose a difficulty for installers or clients - as this distinct board look is an expected finish in old houses. But it will mean that installers take a little longer to lay reclaimed boards competently. Remilled Floorboards These are floorboards remilled from recycled timbers to a modern tolerance. As a manufactured timber product, it is required to conform to an Australian Standard (AS2796) for profiling and tolerances. The feedstock used is commonly structural timbers salvaged from house and factory demolition. Floorboards are also milled from salvaged bridge and pole timbers. Because of this spectrum of feedstock character, batches and runs will vary considerably - even when the species is the same - according to pedigree. It is normal for salvaged framing timbers from a site to be mixed species. It is the rule rather than the exception. Separation of species is done during production - usually on initial planing. Remilled flooring products often have visually similar species in a pack simply because precise sorting and separation is difficult to attain. Blended-species product is common in recycled timber and not always acknowledged by retailers and producers. Yet the appearance of these products - well graded for tone and colour - can be exceptional. Always personally inspect product being offered - in order to judge its suitability in appearance for your project. Don't rely solely on assumptions, product names or verbal descriptions. Recycled Timber has a seasoned core and a small advantage over kiln-dried new timbers in overall stability when used as floorboards. But this is a notional advantage only for well-stored, case-dried board and is more valid for some of the denser species. If the recycled feedstock is resawn from large section beams, then this sawn recycled board also needs to be stabilised and dried over many weeks before it is milled. Boards need to be 11-13% moisture content before they are profiled to flooring. Boards sawn from the core of old bridge timbers are often 16% MC - requiring acclimatisation to a lower ambient atmospheric humidity - a process that needs to be gradual and monitored.  
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TIMBERZOO - Recycled / Reclaimed Timber Supplier Near Melbourne specialising in Australian Native Hardwoods 385 Portarlington Road, Moolap Victoria 3224     Telephone: 52 481 223     Fax: 52 481 263     sales@timberzoo.com.au
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