The benefit of reclaimed parquet is that you know that it has been used successfully before! Our parquet usually comes from large public buildings generally constructed from the 1920s onward. Flooring was made from good, slow-grown timber. Therefore the quality and character of the wood can be exceptionally good.
Reclaimed parquet is sustainable flooring. and even better, the blocks are sometimes species which are no longer commercially available. Sometimes they are listed as ‘vulnerable’ or ‘critically endangered’. As a result this gives them rarity value too.
The various species have differing densities. Consequently energy efficient under-floor heating systems can have reclaimed parquet on top. If you want to try reclaimed parquet with under-floor heating you should consider the denser tropical hard-wood types and those categorised as having minimal movement in service*.
You can read about the different species on our Wood Types page.
We grade the blocks onto pallets, according to size and species. Quite commonly the size can vary by a few millimetres and this is called differential wear which is to do with the ‘footfall traffic’ over particular parts of the floor area. The sanding process will even out the differential.
The underside always has bitumen on them. However if you use a professional flooring adhesive to bond with bitumen then it is not normally necessary to clean the underside bitumen off. The adhesive we recommend is used by professional fitters.
The blocks may have marks, scratches or scuffs, which is to expected with reclaimed parquet. At the end of the process of installation the majority of minor faults will be sanded out. It is the character you would find perfectly acceptable on an old piece of furniture.
The blocks we supply will be perfectly useable. Either for the main part of the floor, or cut for edges. Best of all we always are generous with our metreage. We store our pallets in the dry undercover. However your parquet blocks will need to acclimatise in their new environment. They should be stacked in the area that they are going to be fitted for several weeks. This should be once all the wet trades have finished and everything is thoroughly dry.
Choosing the right reclaimed parquet
If there is a particular parquet species you are interested in, we can advise you about suitability for your project. In addition we offer to send out samples. If you feel you would prefer a floor-fitter to do the job for you we can usually recommend someone who covers your area. We encourage our customers to call us and chat through their projects, because we want a successful outcome. We sell it because we really believe in reclaimed parquet.
If you would like a sample, please request one via our contacts page. We send out our sample parquet blocks sanded and polished on the surface so you can see the potential of having a reclaimed parquet floor.
For ease of delivery we use a pallet-line service which delivers kerbside and offload with a tail-lift and pallet-truck. However if you wish to collect, that is no problem and indeed we enjoy meeting our customers!
* providing the block is no more than 22mm thick. In addition moisture levels should be within recommended parameters. The blocks should have acclimatised and of first grade density.