With all the new and trendy flooring materials available, it surprises some people to learn that reclaimed flooring is ideal for use in a wide range of homes and architectures. In fact, there are many reasons to use reclaimed flooring in Chicago, Illinois, starting with the fact that it preserves living natural resources. In fact, there is nothing “greener” than reclaimed lumber – since it has already been cut down and processed initially, it takes less work, energy, and materials to recondition and repurpose for new uses.
At Bingham Lumber, we offer certified reclaimed and recycled lumber from buildings that are often over a century old, providing flooring planks with unique characteristics including:
- Wide widths unavailable in new hardwood flooring
- Great strength and durability
- Better fit because the wood is completely dry and stable
- Greater beauty because we restore smoothness, shape, and performance to our reclaimed flooring
There are other unique properties of Chicago, Illinois reclaimed flooring, including its physical appearance. Reclaimed timber from old buildings has been gently weathered and features unique coloring, fascinating knotholes and wear patterns, insect markings, and old nail holes that add character and charm to the wood. Carefully recycled and expertly processed for modern use, the beauty and functionality of reclaimed flooring for Chicago, Illinois is unmatched.
Much of the reclaimed wood we sell at Bingham Lumber is old hardwood that is no longer available and has been replaced in the construction industry by faster growing softwoods. The reconditioned lumber used in reclaimed flooring has an incredible strength that is simply unavailable in today’s commercial forestry products. The sturdy fibers in reclaimed wood have slowly dried over the years through exposure, evolving into remarkably stable and strong lumber that can add beauty, character, and longevity to your home.