Original flooring is one of our most popular floors and has become one of our specialties. Based in Pennsylvania, we are fortunate to have access to some of the oldest and most beautiful footworn floors available, meaning its wear comes from being walked on for up to and over 200 years.
Widths: random 6-14″
Lengths: random 4-12 ft.
Often painted on the bottoms of the boards, as it was in fashion to paint the exposed boards from the room below
Available milled or “In the raw” (exactly as it was removed from the 1800’s structure)
Milled flooring is kiln dried, planed to 3/4″ from the bottom, run with either straight edges or with a tongue and groove and either planed completely on top or skip-planed on the top. Planed boards will be more consistent on the top, as the original surface (or “skin”) is completely removed, leaving a perfectly flat top. Skip planing is the process by which we take off only the high spots in the board, leaving the original surface on the low spots. Planed boards are slightly more formal looking, while skip planed boards tend to have more character, such as an original saw mark and a higher degree of variation in color and texture.
“In the Raw”
“In the raw” means it comes exactly as it was removed from the 1800’s structure. The boards are typically 4/4-5/4″ thick. The faces are untouched, so you could expect the wood to be delivered with dirt, slate dust or broken tongues! No two boards will be the exact same width and some boards may even be slightly wider at one end than the other. Keep in mind that when these boards were cut, they were following the size of the tree. These boards were cut 100 percent for function and not at all for form. The picture belows shows the board sanded on one half and rubbed with a wet towel. The color in that photo is the wood’s natural color. While it will take any stain, the natural patina is most people’s preference. If purchased “in the raw”, most people (or their contractors) will rip the edges to the nearest inch so that you have straight boards. They will then plane the bottoms so that you have uniform thicknesses. Many people will lay the boards with straight edges rather than putting on a new tongue and groove. This is called butt jointing. In this case, it is recommended that you lay black roofing paper between your floor and sub-floor. This will prevent seeing plywood in the small cracks when the boards expand and contract. After laid, the tops can be sanded to your personal preference, leaving as much or as little of the original surface as you like. Many people will face nail the boards with Tremont reproduction nails or use screws with wooden pegs to cover them. If you are buying the material in the raw, we recommend adding an extra 25-30% to the footage, as you will be losing material in the milling process as well as the typical 10-15% in laying.