Terrace floorboards and decking
Some types of reclaimed floorboards and other timber products are suitable for exterior terraces decking. Antique floorboards are appreciated for their typical grey colour – the result of years of weathering.
In Belgium and in the Netherlands, some dealers also propose to reuse Steenschotten for terrace decking. Within a few years, these have become a very popular product for exterior wooden floors. Steenschotten are first used in cement factories. Hollow concrete blocks that have just been moulded and taken out of their mould are placed on these panels to dry. They are replaced every now and again. By that time, they have gathered a weathered look due to the heat the blocks give off during the drying process. Steenschotten consist of a number of wooden planks (often Azobe, Douglas or Larch) that interlock using a pin and groove system. Planks are bundled together tightly with large metal wood screws and the cross-cut sides are protected along the entire width and strengthened using galvanized metal C-profiles. These reclaimed panels are mainly used for terrace decking, but they can be used as panelling as well, or for any other use you can think of.
In the Netherlands, some dealers specialise in supplying timber salvaged from naval applications (ancient dam walls, pontoons or pontoon bridges). Some dealers also have ship planks or ship deck floors on stock. These are usually in Azobe and other types of exotic wood, available in planks with a thickness of 3 to 4 cm. These heavy woods (>1000kg/m³) are suitable for exterior flooring.
Commonly available products
- Steenschotten type wood from Azobe hard wood
- Steenschotten type wood from Douglas fir sapwood
- The common types for terrace decking: Oak, Bankirai, Azobe, etc.
- Ship wood, ship planks or ship deck floors from Azobe.
Steenschotten are typically sold untreated.
The operations on terrace decking tend to be minimal. The reason for this is to preserve the naturally weathered appearance and because the planks in a lot are often all already of the same dimensions. If desired, the elements can undergo the following operations:
- Re-calibration: some dealers offer the service of re-calibrating the wood to a specified thickness.
- Sawing: the planks can be sawed in regular dimensions (in one, two or three dimensions).
- Finish: the panels and planks can be treated (sanded, brushed, etc.) or left rough.
Prices observed at Belgian and Netherlands dealers:
• Panels in Douglas fir sapwood of 140 × 100 × 5 cm: ~14 €/m²
• Azobe panels 140 × 110 × 4,5 cm: ~17,5 - 32 €/m²
For wooden terrace decking:
• Azobe planks: 300 x 20 x 3cm: ~45 €/m²
For naval wood:
• Planks of 3 cm thick: from 29 to 35 €/m²
• Planks of 4 cm thick: from 29 to 50 €/m²