Answers to your frequently asked questions
Old World Timber
Phone (877) 218-9663
1195 Versailles Rd
Lexington, KY 40508
FAQs: Placing an Order
- Wood acclimation refers to the time needed for the wood floors to reach a moisture content level that is equal with the surrounding environment. Different locations have different humidity levels. If you plan to finish the floors on site you will need to allow the floors to acclimate for 5-10 days. If you purchase pre-finished floors then they will acclimate sooner. Go HERE for more information.
- According to the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), wood floor acclimation is "the process of adjusting (conditioning) the moisture content of wood flooring to the environment in which it is expected to perform."
- The fact is that wood flooring will always perform best when it remains in a controlled environment with a relative humidity range of 30-50%. The floors should also remain in a controlled temperature within a range of 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wood acclimation and proper installation are the two most important things to ensure your floor lasts a lifetime. Since our flooring is properly kiln dried to 6-8% moisture content before we mill, this eliminates the tendency for boards to cup or warp. Whatever type of humidity control that you have should be in proper working condition prior to installation to provide a constant environment for your floor. Acclimation of the product in the area where it will be installed for a minimum of 5-10 days is strongly recommended. Do not store your floors on a patio or garage prior to installing.
FAQs: Walls/Ceiling Paneling
FAQs: Reclaimed Wood
- The term square feet (sf or sq. ft.) is equal to the area of a square with sides 1 foot (12 inches) in length. The term square feet is used once the reclaimed wood product has been completely milled and ready to be install. The amount of square feet you will need would represent the total surface area you want to cover.
- For example, when purchasing wall paneling, a wall that is 8 feet high and 22 feet long would be measured as follows: 8 feet = 96 inches. 22 feet = 264 inches. So, 264x96= 25,344. Divide 25,355/144= 176 square feet. So your wall would need 176 square feet of wallboard. We do recommend purchasing 10% more than the surface area needed. The reason for this is because you will cut a board at the end of a run. Some of the cuts will then be too short to use. This is a judgement call, however, because different customers have different design expectations.
- One board foot is equal to one square foot that is one inch thick and it is a measurement of volume. Typically the term board foot (bf) is used when wood is still in its raw, unmilled form. When repurposed wood is first reclaimed from a barn or antique structure, the boards that are gathered would be calculated into board feet. You can expect to incur some waste when dealing with raw reclaimed wood. For this reason you use the term board feet to simply communicate the exact volume of wood. To calculate board feet = width in inches x length in inches x thickness in inches.
- The term lineal foot refers simply to the length of a board. So a lineal foot is 1 foot in length or 12 inches. It's essentially a measurement of a straight line. A board that is 3 inches wide and 24 inches long has the same lineal feet as a board that is 8 inches wide and 24 inches long.