All Woodworks floors are restored or handmade in our Cheshire workshops. Learn more about our reclaimed and antique wood floors and what goes into restoring them…
RECYCLED, RECLAIMED AND ANTIQUE WOODS – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Recycling is about converting a waste product into a reusable material. Unlike recycled wood which involves reprocessing, reclaimed wood is used again in its existing form. It can be reclaimed from new used wood or from old wood. To qualify as an antique wood floor, the wood needs to be at least 100 years old. This, however, is a minimum age and some of the antique woods we restore can be many hundreds of years old, in fact, some of the trees would have started growing over 1000 years ago. Much of the wood that was used in industrial and commercial buildings in the 19th century was old-growth wood that was imported from North America and Australia. It was wood harvested from forests that would have stood for millennia, from trees that had been allowed to grow to maturity without being disturbed. This is very special material and our team of craftsman take the responsibility of restoring it very seriously. Woodworks by Ted Todd focus on reclaiming old woods, restoring antique woods and creating the finest new wood floors using the same techniques.
HOW IS A FLOOR RESTORED?
Restoring antique woods properly is a slow process. The first stage in restoring a floor is to carefully convert it into an engineered construction. This is the most stable construction for underfloor heating and with a minimum 4mm wear layer, achieves the look, feel and sound of a solid wood floor.
With 20 stages to this process alone, it is time-consuming. What really sets our floors apart though is how we restore the original worn face of the floor. This is also a careful process and involves sanding and polishing over 20 times. The result is a luxurious soft patina, elegant, original and utterly remarkable. Once finished these floors are easy to install, with little wastage and it will only require a handover polish before it is ready to use. We would love the opportunity to tell you more about our wood floors, talking you through the options available to suit your project and our ideas on how they can be used to best effect and to fit your budget.