Parquet and floorboards
Floorboards and parquets are true classics on the reclamation market and are sold by numerous specialists and artisans.
These materials are often reclaimed from demolition or renovation sites – at least when their original installation permits this. Floating or nailed installations are more conducive to reclamation than glued installations. When reclaiming parquet flooring laid on black bituminous adhesive and dating before the 1950s, it is important to check the absence of tar before dismantling.
The type of wood as well as the period determines the value of floorboards and parquets. Pine floorboards usually attract a lower value than hardwood (oak, sweet chestnut, beech, elm, etc.). These can achieve quite high prices, especially if they date before the 20th century.
There are also a number of reclaimed products sold as floor coverings, but which have another original use: sawn oak beams, cheese boards, azobé panelling, etc. Reclaimed floorboards and parquets are used on a wide range of applications: new constructions or renovations, housing or commercial buildings.
Common products related to wood floors and parquets are:
- Reclaimed floorboards
- Reclaimed parquets
- Truck beds and train carriage flooring
- Cheese boards
- Sawn oak beams
- Exotic wood decking
- Panelling from the production of concrete blocks (steenschotten)
Reclaimed parquets and floorboards are subject to competition from new products that imitate the appearance of the reused item. If you want to be sure that the floor covering you intend to buy is truly reclaimed timber, ask for the origin of the material.
The price of a reclaimed floorboards and parquets can vary a lot depending on the actions taken to prepare the product for installation. Some of these actions are often necessary to enable efficient and smooth installation.
Some examples of services offered by the suppliers:
- sorting for quality and formats
- removal of nails and traces of adhesive
- for wood floors: sawing damaged ends
- brushing the visible surface
- size adjustment (e.g. thickness)
- machining new tongues and grooves
- sawing through the thickness
Indicative prices are based on the Belgian, Netherlands and French market:
- Reusable oak parquet floor, ready to lay: from 75 €/m² incl. VAT
- Wood floor (thickness=14mm) made from sawn reclaimed oak beams: ~80 €/m²
- Self-supporting wood floor (thickness=22mm) made from sawn reclaimed oak beams: ~100 €/m²
- Old oak floor, first half of the 19th century: ~150 €/m²
Did you know?
Wooden floor coverings may quickly get damaged during demolition work (knocks, humidity, various pollutions, etc.). Batches intended for reuse should be disassembled and removed from the building as soon as possible during the work. When removal is not feasible, for example in the case of a self-supporting wood floor that has to be kept during the initial phases of the work, suitable protective measures should be taken.