Antique Wood Flooring
Antique Wood Flooring
We have an international reputation for our skills in reclaiming and restoring antique woods. The wood we restore is hundreds of years old and we take the responsibility to preserve these very seriously. Whilst any wood taken from a previous site can be considered reclaimed, they only truly become antique when they reach 100 years old.
The rich patinas of these woods cannot be reproduced; they only occur when wood is used over time, and our artisans always assure these organic features are paid the respect they deserve when crafting an antique engineered floor. The twenty-stage restoration process undertaken by our master artisans transforms our antique oak, elm and more into a remarkable floor fit for modern life, which still celebrates the imperfections of time.
Antique wood holds records of a past life. From historic human imperfections and smooth sections which have been corroded by the touch of a thousand hands through the centuries, each is unique from the next. Museum quality, these woods have a magical element that simply cannot be matched, requiring a discerning appreciation to master. Our antique woods are exclusive to Woodworks and can be discovered in our Antique, Rare Finds, Carbonised and Bold Surfaces collections.
What is Antique Wood?
The charm of an antique floor is hard to define and impossible to replicate.
These woods hold records of a past life. Whilst all our antique woods are reclaimed from places across the globe, they only truly become antique once they have been around for upwards of 100 years.
Antique wood flooring is desirable due to its age and rarity, but these characterful woods are not solely about history. These woods represent the very best in terms of quality, as only the very best timber would do for these structures of the past.
They are also the most beautiful and intriguing woods the planet has to offer. With natural and human imperfections featuring throughout, no two elements of an antique floor will ever be the same, and specifying one allows use to utilise a one-of-a-kind piece.
Restoring is of the utmost importance, as these time-consuming processes assure they are ready for the next stage in their lifecycle.
Celebrating the best and most interesting tales of antique wood is a joy for everyone at Woodworks, and each floor begins with a conversation. Get in touch with our expert team today to begin your antique journey.
Where is Antique Wood sourced?
Our antique and reclaimed wood has been sourced from all manner of sites across the globe. These are all one-of-a-kind pieces that have been given new life at the hands of our master craftspeople.
Take our Teak flooring for example – we travelled almost 5,000 miles to source the history-packed boards from South East Asia before carefully repairing any manmade and weathered blemishes and restoring to create a stunning reclaimed antique engineered floor.
Elsewhere, you’ll find the story of our Antique Pine. War Office Pine was a treasure from the Old War Office in Whitehall, London – having played privy to key figures of British history, the timber has been lovingly restored into a engineered antique beauty by the hands of our skilled artisans.
For more unique tales, please view our Rare Finds collection.
Benefits of Antique Wood flooring
Antique and reclaimed woods give you the opportunity to own a truly one-of-a-kind piece, unique to your project.
Within every board and block you will find beautiful imperfections which make each a Woodworks original. This includes pit saw marks, unmatched patinas, weather cracks and all manner of markings that make your antique floors unique.
This is wood that has been around for centuries, and due to the finite nature of this precious material, once these floors are gone, they will be gone forever.
They are also incredibly durable. Only the very best material would do for these prestigious projects of the past, and therefore the wood used was of premium quality. Having been around for hundreds of years already, the woods have done all of the movement they will ever do, never at risk of shrinking and warping within environments.
Antique wood has a continuous lifecycle and represents the very best material in terms of sustainability. Many years ago it was manufactured and installed into old buildings. It would be maintained here for decades before demolition took place, which is the key stage for Woodworks. From here we recycle and restore the wood, putting it back into the design and manufacturing stage, restarting its lifecycle and increasing the longevity of the material.
Difference between Antique Wood Flooring and Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Reclaimed wood represents any wood that has been reclaimed from a previous usage. This could be a building or other architecture. The wood only becomes truly antique when it has been around for over a century.
As such, all of our antique wooden floors can be considered reclaimed antique wood floors, with tales of a past life present in each.
Best rooms for Antique flooring
Antique flooring is suitable for all rooms and projects. Often associated solely with the traditional style, these floors arrive in all manner of tone and are a perfect fit to contemporary builds too.
We have seen our antique floors appear in many residential projects. The natural undulations and ancient patinas are the perfect pair to larger rooms where light can bring these features of life. Antique floors are also a perfect commercial flooring choice; workspace, leisure, hotel and heritage spaces all benefit from ethe use of antique wood flooring and our Woodworks antiques have even been used in marine projects.
The installation process works in the same way to our new floors too, meaning they should be no problem to address for a professional fitter.