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Old 04-18-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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Has anyone installed reclaimed or antique hardwood flooring instead of new solid/engineered hardwood? If yes, can you respond please with any recommendations, pricing, comments, pictures.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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We had it in our old house...a 100 yr old farmhouse that we bought partially renovated. The previous owners had put down antique barn wood floors. They were beautiful, however, it is very hard to get the boards to line up without big gaps. I HATE having little bits of gunk stuck in the gaps. And it is nearly impossible to mop. I wouldn't do it again. They do look nice and everyone who came to our house commented on them. But I wouldn't do it again.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Yes. However I got mine through a salvage company in Atlanta.Old Walnut Parquet, it's rather wonderful. The trick is to get a skilled floor installer,someone who doesn't spend everyday putting in the engineered glue downs everyday, or work for a high production builder.

There are a few in town. PM me if you want the name of the installer. Finding the floor itself is more of a personal journey..LOL. It's also an indulgence,and can be upwards of $15 a sq. ft installed for the most basic antique floor.

The other option, and I've done it, is to buy yellow pine and have it suspended installed. Beat the heck out of it with chains, have kids roller blade across it etc and then stain it very dark. Same effect but for under $10 (+/- it's been a while)sq foot, or the same as a basic white oak floor. Downside, it's so soft it continues to "antique," but I was ok with that.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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Historic Houston's salvage warehouse carried the reclaimed floors, but they are on the verge of shutting down. So if you go there, go soon.

Salvage Warehouse
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