Reclaimed parquet means that it has had a life already. Our parquet usually comes from large public buildings constructed from the 1920s onward. Therefore the quality and character of the wood can be exceptionally good. This is due to the fact that timber was slow-grown often from virgin forests.
Reclaimed parquet is sustainable flooring. There are species which are no longer commercially available because some are on a ‘vulnerable’ or ‘critically endangered’ list. As a result this gives them rarity value too.
The various species have differing densities and stability. Therefore energy efficient under-floor heating systems can work with reclaimed parquet. 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. The size can vary by a few millimetres. This is called differential wear and is to do with the ‘footfall traffic’ over 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 be expected with reclaimed parquet. This 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 for a few weeks. This should be once all the wet trades have finished and everything is thoroughly dry.
Choosing the right reclaimed parquet
We can advise you about the suitability of a particular species 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 blocks already sanded and polished on the surface. This is to see the colour that you have chosen.
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. Relative humidity levels should be within recommended parameters. The blocks should have acclimatised and be of first grade density.