Timber Flooring

What are the benefits of new timber over recycled timber?

May 25, 2017
New timber flooring can be great for the environment.

If you're new to the world of timber flooring, you might think that sourcing recycled timber for your home is the best option available. However, while the merits of recycling are undeniable, when it comes to timber flooring, new is always more ideal.

Wondering why this is the case? Here are three good reasons for buying new timber floorboards

1) Higher standard of timber

New timber is often of a higher quality compared with recycled.New timber is often of a higher quality compared with recycled.

A piece of timber that has been recently manufactured is always going to be of a higher standard than one that can be in use for more than a century. 

Older floorboards are likely to have bolt holes and other marks, as well as possibly being discoloured. These factors, among others, mean that the quality of recycled timber can't be guaranteed and might be more expensive over time. Alternatively, new timber flooring is built to last and is produced with quality in mind.

2) Grown environmentally-friendly

In the past, timber wasn't sourced from the most environmentally-friendly locations. Of course, as time has progressed, deforestation and climate change have become issues important to the whole world so the timber industry has had to respond.

Sydney Flooring is a member of the Australian Timber Flooring Association – a group that only uses sustainable timber produced from "carefully managed Australian forests." Sustainability is a critical issue for us and we are committed to only installing timber from renewable resources.

3) Locks up carbon

Sustainable timber forests ensure carbon is 'locked up'.Sustainable timber forests ensure carbon is 'locked up'.

One of the main contributors to climate change is the amount of carbon dioxide in the environment. As carbon is absorbed by trees as they grow, new timber is actually a good way to 'store' this carbon, according to the association. 

Around half the dry of weight of timber floorboards is carbon that then can't be released back into the atmosphere – a process known as 'sequestering'. By supporting new timber, you're doing your bit for the planet!

Looking for that recycled aesthetic?

We know that there is a lot of demand for natural or rustic looking timber so offer what we call downgrade timber. On a basic level, this is timber that doesn't make the grade for select or standard, but can still be used as flooring. In most cases, downgrade is cheaper than normal timber, but also gives you the look of recycled.

For more information about the benefits of new timber, feel free to reach out to the team at Sydney Flooring today.

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