Reclaimed Rock elm is a unique material and yields beautiful results in flooring! In Canada reclaimed rock elm has been used in furniture for centuries. In the world, elm has been used for thousands of years but it has not been used for flooring in homes and commercial spaces until recently. As we keep on seeing, it’s a great material to install for flooring.
Reclaimed rock elm flooring has a very unique grain. It doesn’t look like any other wood! It is set apart by its simplicity. At times though, some boards have strong grain. Grey elm flooring is beautiful in its natural colour, but it takes stain very well. If it’s stained, a plethora of detail becomes evident. Reclaimed rock elm is not a common hardwood anymore. It is mostly found in barn beams throughout Ontario and abroad. Due to its strength, it was the logical choice, Due to the Dutch elm disease, grey, red, rock and other elms are getting harder and harder to find. Having a reclaimed rock elm hardwood floor is somewhat of a rarity. With our finishing techniques, the possibilities are quite literally endless.
It can be stained many colours to fit a desired look. Rock elm can take on just about any stain such as brown tones, white washing, grey washing, white/grey washing, ebony, Jacobean and other stains. It is common for Rock elm to have mineral streaks or marks, smaller knots including pin knots, burls, colour variation, Beetle traces and details not seen in other woods. It’s a great option for those who want a truly unique floor.
This type of flooring is really tough! It ranks very high on the Janka scale making it one of the harder domestic woods to use for flooring. This means it has good dent resistance. Reclaimed rock elm 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, home or condo.
Rock elm flooring does well with texture. We can mill it to have a flat top. We can also mill it to have sawn marks in the top. This gives a more rustic appearance. With a more rustic appearance, it becomes even more forgiving. Dents, scratches, scraps, wear and tear, and abuse are no match for grey elm 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 reclaimed elm plank 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 reclaimed rock elm more forgiving to live with, and adds to the unique beauty.