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8 Good Reasons to Choose Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Using reclaimed wood saves trees by reducing the demand from forests.
Harvesting wood involves felling, transporting and processing the trees, which have a massive impact on the environment. Using reclaimed wood reduces this impact
Another green benift of using reclaimed wood is that when you lay it as flooring it effectively traps air. This makes it a great insulator, saving you money on your energy bills.
Using wood that’s been saved from landfill is an environmentally responsible choice, and it’s one of the top reasons to choose reclaimed wood.
2) Give Old Wood New Life
Distressed woods, in particular, look great when reused. Reclaimed wood provides a vintage look and is really long-lasting.
We have supplied flooring from lots of interesting places - Bolands Mills in Dublin city center for example. When you buy old wood, you’re also purchasing a piece of history and great dinner party conversations!
3) Amazing Character of Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed wood is unique in that it offers ageless distinction and beauty. It’s also unparalleled in terms of its architectural quality. Every piece is different and cannot be replicated. Reclaimed wood has so much character, and its age only brings out its allure, depth and color even further.
There is a specific uniquely weathered beauty about reclaimed wood that has so much more “heart” than mass produced modern pieces. Old wood displays random character marks and has a rich patina that draws you into it.
Every piece has its own story and history. This provides a real talking point when friends and family come over, as every piece has its own appeal and interest that can never be found in modern wood.
4) You Can’t Buy Old-Growth Wood Anymore
The term “old-growth” refers to trees that have naturally reached their full maturity within an environment that encourages slow growth. Old-growth trees are typically stronger and larger than others because they took decades and sometimes centuries to mature.
The more slowly a tree grows, the denser the fiber becomes. Every species of tree becomes mature at a different age as well. Old growth wood is more stable than newly harvested, a top reason to choose reclaimed
Because of the diversity of old-growth forests, they are now protected, and you can’t buy old-growth wood anymore. That means using reclaimed old-growth wood is the perfect alternative.
5) Durable and Strong
Reclaimed wood is both durable and strong. When our country’s old residences, warehouses and factories were built, only the most stable and durable timbers were used to support them. It’s a fact that many of these old buildings have stood strong for many hundreds of years.~
Old wood is far stronger than the timber of today because the pieces originating from before the 20th century endured little to no air pollution. Additionally, most old wood comes from trees that grew for hundreds of years.
6) The Most Stable Wood Available
Old growth wood is more dimensionally stable than wood that’s been newly-harvested. This is due to old wood having been exposed to many changes in humidity over prolonged periods of time.
This gives pieces constructed from old wood far more stability than fresh timber, and it is particularly desirable for use in high-traffic areas such as your floors. Reclaimed wood for flooring is an ideal choice since the wood has already been contracting and expanding for many years, or perhaps decades.
7) Wider Planks
If you’re looking for reclaimed wide plank flooring, keep in mind that reclaimed wood beams are stronger and stable enough to be sawn into wider planks than those that have been newly harvested.
Nowadays, so many items we buy are mass produced. If you want to find something original for your home, it’s going to cost the earth. However, when you buy reclaimed wood, you can be sure each and every piece is 100 percent original and isn’t mass produced like other modern wood products.
Reclaimed wood is a one-of-a-kind product, with no two boards ever being exactly alike. So, if you want your home to have a distinctive and personal look, choosing reclaimed wood is the way to do it.
What are the options for a Greener Kitchen?
Our intergrated recycling bins will help you keep your kitchen floor free and help your family recycle as much as possible without it taking over. If you have a solid system in place to seperate your kitchen waste you will increase the amount thats recycled and reduce the effort required to do so!
We recommend the popular 4 compartment intergrated system. Its easy to seperate the waste as its being disgarded and the whole system is easy to empty and clean.
There is a wide range of services and facilities to recycle domestic waste. As well as reducing the volume of waste going to landfill sites, recycling and composting your domestic waste helps to minimise charges for waste collection.
Many of the items used in the home can be recycled. The benefits of recycling include a cleaner environment, the safe disposal of hazardous materials, greater awareness of excess packaging and a careful approach to the use and re-use of materials.
Many products carry international recycling symbols that help to identify how they can be re-used and/or disposed of safely.
Integrated Kitchen Bins
Why is recycling important?
The good news is that 98% of Irish people are switched on to how important recycling is – but there’s still work to be done. Even though most of us recycle, there are still issues around recycling contamination meaning that even those of us with the best intentions are actually putting the wrong thing in that green bin.
Paper and cardboard products make up 23.7% of waste in the household bin and plastic 12%
Manufacturing recycled paper instead of new paper from virgin wood plump uses 54% less energy and 58% less water. Paper products use up to 35% of the world’s annual commercial wood harvest. One piece of office paper can be recycled up to seven times.
Plastic is made from crude oil – a valuable and limited non-renewable resource. Recycling plastic saves 2/3 of the energy required to produce plastic from raw materials.
Look at things this way – if recycled properly, plastic can be turned into amazing and useful stuff like raincoats, wellies, footballs, rugby balls, game consoles, plastic toys, smart phones – fleece clothing, garden furniture, sleeping bags and jacket insulation and carpets…. The list goes on.
What can go in the recycling bin?
Newspapers and magazines
Junk mail and envelopes/paper
Food boxes, milk cartons, egg boxes
Aluminum drinks cans (like a Coke can etc)
Food and pet food tins/cans
Plastic bottles (PET1)
Mineral and water bottles
Salad dressing bottles
Plastic bottles (HDPE2)
Milk and juice bottles
Cosmetic and shampoo bottles
Household cleaning bottles
Plastic bottles (PP)
Any rigid food packaging (except black)
Liquid soap containers
What is recycling contamination?
Contamination in your recycling bin can be as high as 36%.
According to stats from Repak.ie, just over a third of what we actually intend on being recycled actually makes the grade. But there are steps that you can take to ensure your recycling bin is in better nick and that more of your waste can be reused.
The most common types of contamination include: dirty nappies, food waste, garden waste, electrical wires, batteries, materials with soiled oils, plastic bags, ashes, clothes, shoes, sheets, cushions, contaminated food containers, half full bottles or cartons with liquid.
If you contaminate your recycling bin, you can ruin a load of quality material that can be recycled again and turned into something brand new.
So – how do I recycle better?
Ensure you rinse any food or liquid residues from containers
Make sure you know what can and can’t be recycled
Know your recycling day so you don’t become tempted to dump recyclable waste with other rubbish
Flatten and crush/open up boxes to make best use of space
Do not put mixed recyclables into a box or bag and then into green bins (these need to be pulled out for mechanical separation)
Do not put food waste or other compostable materials (such as garden waste) in green or blue bins
No electrical items, clothes, old shoes, used batteries should be into the green bin
Recycle more items from the bathroom or others areas of the house and think about where else you could be recycling
What are In-Frame Kitchens?
In-Frame Kitchens have the cabinet doors inset within a wooden frame as opposed to the doors being fixed on to the frame of the cabinet.
The frame provides strength to the front of a cabinet and is also considered a visual feature. In-Frame Kitchens is the traditional cabinet furniture construction method, makes the entire construction stronger and of course adds durability.
Inframe is currently on trend, however ALL our kitchens are inframe and always have been.
Advantages of In-Frame Kitchen Cabinets
Inframe doors add to the traditional look and feel of the kitchen, door edges of the cabinet doors are less likely to show wear and tear, keeping your kitchen looking great for longer.
Bespoke Finish – All the doors are made to fit perfectly into the frame.
Inframe Kitchens are stronger. The frame adds strenght to the cabinet which in ture adds drability to the kitchen - its a win win!
In-frame cabinet doors will remain straight and won’t sag over time. Because of the extra rigidity and strenght the doors will hang correctly and wont be inclined to sag or catch the way onframe doors invairiably do