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Reclaimed wood flooring advice needed

Having spent too much time reading design magazines I came across reclaimed wood companies in the UK, I love the idea of having reclaimed wood, but my ideas tend to be on the expensive side.

Has anyone had experience in shipping wood over? I realize that it needs to sanded down etc.... But is it more hassle than it's worth? Are their companies here that provide that service?

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Re: Reclaimed wood flooring advice needed

I don't know if this applies to Switzerland but it certainly does in some other countries so is important to check.

First check any import restrictions, duty etc. The costs of treating the timber against woodworm etc. and associated certification may make this a non-starter.

Although the timber may seem cheaper initially in the UK, you may find it better in the long run to source it locally.
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Re: Reclaimed wood flooring advice needed

Hi Powerlauer,

I'm assuming you are considering it so you can use it in your house/apartment etc?

Before you consider buying any and shipping it anywhere you should do some enquiries.

1) Establish where it came from (the building, not the forest) and why it's been reclaimed. You need to ensure it's not been reclaimed from somewhere that's been exposed to things like asbestos etc. that might prevent you from shipping anyway.
2) Has it been treated? If so, what with? You want to make sure you're not introducing woodworm, beetles etc into your existing home. If it has, you might want to check that whatever it's been treated with is acceptable here in CH.

In terms of stripping it for your own use, you might want to consider calling a decent timber yard and asking them if they have a large enough sanding machine to do it, but it's likely to be expensive as the belts on that scale of sander will be large and expensive to replace should a stray nail/screw rip one apart.

If you're in the UK already, you can hire a big belt sander (about the siye of a lawnmower) from places like Handy Hire for less than about 100per day, but it's noisy and VERY VERY messy.
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Re: Reclaimed wood flooring advice needed

There are also some amazing distressed parketts available now but you are looking at + CHF150 m2 (supply only). I have laid a reasonable amount of flooring and what looks amazing (recycled wood) in magazines for everyday use is not so practical or easy to keep clean. It depends on the type of wood you want for your floor but new solid wood flooring is not so expensive and with proper surface treatment can be made to look as old or distressed as you like. I have PM'd you some more information.
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Re: Reclaimed wood flooring advice needed

Are you sure you can't get it here? Or anywhere closer to here than the UK? Shipping it might turn into a nightmare, especially in view of all the points raised previously on this thread.
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Re: Reclaimed wood flooring advice needed

Hello I recently bought a new antique floor and it it looks great from a company in Martigny for 95 chf per meter. if you want there details let me know.
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Re: Reclaimed wood flooring advice needed

Try:
http://www.bauteilclick.com/kategori...nbelaege-innen

This is a network of Swiss recliam yards, with some intersting bits..
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