Reclaimed antique hemlock is a unique material and yields beautiful results in flooring! In Ontario, hemlock has been used in the flooring and walls of barns. From Windsor to Northern Ontario and everywhere in between, reclaimed hemlock has been the material of choice.
Reclaimed hemlock flooring has a grain pattern that is strong and bold. At times, it can resemble red oak, or white ash. In Ontario, barn board and reclaimed hemlock are often the same thing. Reclaimed antique hemlock flooring is beautiful in its natural colour, although we mostly stain it. Without stain, it has a wide range of colour. Commonly, there are many shades of golden tones, different hues of reds, and lighter browns.
Hemlock flooring can be stained many colours to fit a desired look. It can take on many stains such as brown tones, white washing, grey washing, white/grey washing, ebony, Jacobean and other stains. Our hemlock commonly has knots, blemishes, texture, small nail holes which can be filled mineral streaks or marks, smaller knots including pin knots, strong colour variation, and details not seen in other woods. It’s a great option for those who want a truly unique floor, with a very rustic feel.
Reclaimed hemlock flooring is very forgiving! Although it ranks lower in the janka scale, it holds up incredibly well! Due to its rustic nature full of character, hemlock flooring is a great option for dogs, children, active lifestyles, and for those who don’t want to needlessly worry about their floors. It’s suitable just about anywhere and can be installed in your place of business, such as office spaces, restaurants, or in your home or condo.
This type of flooring does well with texture. We can mill it to have a flat top although this is uncommon. We can also mill it to have sawn marks in the top, or what is often called original surface. Essentially, the top of the boards remain untouched until it comes time to finishing them! At that time, it is inevitable that a bit of sanding must take place. Hemlock flooring is so forgiving. Dents, scratches, scraps, wear and tear, and abuse are no match for antique Hemlock that has textured saw marks. There are even options with regards to the appearance of a textured top floor. The saw marks can be sanded so that they aren’t rough, yet they are still visible. Another option is to fill the saw marks. What this does is give the illusion of a textured floor but in reality, it’s nearly flat as the filler has filled in the saw marks. The filler can be stained to blend into the wood, or it can be tinted to give a contrasting appearance.
Would you like texture but you don’t want the saw marks? There are options! Initially, we install the barn board flooring with a flat top. After installation and during the finishing phase, we can add more subtle texture. With this process, texture is added and makes the hemlock flooring more forgiving to live with, and adds to the unique beauty.