Get Rustic Character with Reclaimed Flooring

Weathered wood salvaged from old barns and factories or milled from logs pulled from river bottoms has a timeworn appeal—nail holes are common—and means fewer trees harvested from forests. The wood may also be harder than freshly cut boards because it comes from old-growth trees with compact growth rings. Companies such as Viridian, TerraMai, and Goodwin Heart Pine offer boards prefinished with hard-wearing UV-cured polyurethane. Expect to pay $3 to $4 more per square foot for this ready-to-install, refurbished wood—but you get a great story to go with that price.

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