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What are the benefits of using reclaimed wood?

In the throw-away nation in which we live, using reclaimed wood in your home might seem like more trouble than it is worth; however, more and more people are discovering the benefits of using reclaimed wood, both on a personal and wider level.

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They key difference between reclaimed wood and recycled wood is that reclaimed wood generally doesn’t change much from its original state while recycled wood may be treated, doctored and otherwise manifested into something different. What are the benefits of reclaimed wood and why should you choose it over brand-new products?

It’s ethical

One of the key benefits of reclaimed wood is the eco-friendly factor. Using reclaimed wood means making use of trees that have already been cut down, thus reducing the demand for deforestation to occur on such a vast scale. Re-using existing materials also reduces the amount of waste going to landfill sites. This is a key issue, with Green Living Answers suggesting that the UK could run out of landfill space by 2018. Toxic fumes released from landfill sites and from burning wood can also contribute to global warming, which is another huge environmental concern.

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It looks cool

With the rise of shabby chic and upcycled trends, many consumers favour the somewhat ‘worn’ look over all thing shiny and new. A distressed wood floor from a supplier such as wood floor warehouse would be the perfect addition to a rustic kitchen or living space. Reclaimed wood offers timeless character, charm and a history of its own; the knots will be more prominent and the rings larger and wider. The planks also tend to be much wider than newer timber due to the fact older wood was usually allowed to grow for longer.

It’s more durable

Reclaimed wood can be a far more durable product than newer timber. This is because it is older and has therefore already spent many years contracting and warping in hot and cold temperatures. After so long, the wood becomes dried out, stronger, and unlikely to change further. A newer timber may be more prone to warping or splitting, but reclaimed wood has probably already changed and strengthened as much as it ever will. The grain is also denser in older wood, which adds to its strength and durability.

Why might you choose carpet tiles over carpet?

Tiles were invented over 50 years ago as a hard-wearing alternative to traditional carpet. They are durable, flexible and easy to maintain, which means they are a great choice for heavy-duty areas of your home such as children’s bedrooms, garages and playrooms.

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Convenience

Tiles are an easy and versatile flooring option. They are incredibly easy to install, requiring no cutting and no underlay. They can be fitted straight upon laminate, vinyl or even concrete with minimal preparation. They are very easy to transport home in boxes rather than unwieldy rolls, which obviously cuts down on delivery costs.

Tiles are eminently suitable for difficult and awkwardly-shaped areas. You can cut the tiles yourself with a Stanley knife; therefore, no specialist equipment or work benches are needed. They are a doddle to clean, as you can simply lift the affected tile and hand clean it in the sink rather than having to hire or buy a specialist carpet steamer.

Stockists such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/carpet/product-type/Carpet-Tiles can advise you on the specific type of tile that will best suit your circumstances. Some products come with a guarantee, but the tiles are easily replaced singly if damaged. There is no need to replace the entire floor, unlike with carpet.

Value for money

Tiles are a fantastic option if you are looking for cost-effective flooring. You can think of them as a long-term investment, as you can easily lift them and take them with you if you move home. What could be simpler?

As tiles require little in the way of cutting, there is less wastage and no requirement for any further financial outlay in terms of backing, adhesives or underlay.

As they are easily replaced, you are likely to only need a one-off purchase of a large number of tiles. Even if you are on a very tight budget, you can buy a few tiles at a time – something you cannot achieve with carpet.

Cleaning

Tiles are the best option for any areas of your home that tend to be messy; for example, hallways, art studios and children’s playrooms are all ideal for tiling. When the mess occurs, you can simply lift the offending tile, wash it down with carpet cleaner, dry it in a warm place and return it to its space.