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Old Growth Wood
The term “Old Growth” refers to a tree that has naturally reached its full maturity in an environment that promotes slow growth. The slower a tree grows, the denser the fiber becomes. It’s important to note that there is no typical length of growth time for these trees; each specie reaches maturity at a different age. All of our old growth materials are derived from fully mature timber, fallen timber and standing-dead timber.Wide Plank is a less common flooring solution, lending a differentiated aesthetic to your project. This selection of fiber features significantly wider widths and longer lengths than most traditional wood flooring. Its vast expanse allows for you to get a good sense of the material – its end grain, growth rings and character markings.
Characteristics in these products may include but are not limited to sound/open knots, sound checking, color contrasts, original surface patina, saw marks, over/under wood.
The Old Growth Wood Collection includes:
Cut from slow-growth, virgin walnut timbers that are more than 100 years old. Expect coffee-colored browns with occasional touches of caramel from its light sapwood, as well as an extraordinarily tight grain pattern, sound knots and natural checking. This material is manufactured without steaming to preserve light sapwood accents and create a natural, one-of-a-kind sheen. Planks are cut using an antique, 60-in. saw blade to replicate the rustic look of early milling.
Old Growth Hickory features wide variations in color, from nearly white to dark brown, and a delicate balance of sound knots and natural checking. It is the strongest North American commercial wood available.
Cut from dead or fallen virgin wood timbers that are centuries old, durable Old Growth Mountain Oak hardwood flooring features robust, dense grain patterns, sound knots and natural checking. Planks are run through a circle and band saw to create a rustic effect.
Cut from dead or fallen virgin wood timbers that are more than 100 years old. Expect coffee-colored browns with occasional touches of caramel from its light sapwood, as well as an extraordinarily tight grain pattern, sound knots and natural checking. This material is manufactured without steaming to preserve light sapwood accents. Walnut has a tendency to solarize when exposed to natural day light. This natural process results in a change in tone, darkening the material. Clients should be aware that using large area rugs in a well-lit room may result in a picture-frame effect over time.
A popular hardwood that stands the test of time, Old Growth White Oak contains sound knots and checking. It is precision milled to include rift, quartered and plain sawn planks.
Old Growth Wood may be left Uncoated, or pre-finished in a Natural Oil or UV Cure Aluminum Oxide coating. The differences between each are noted below:
Uncoated materials are ideal for clients wishing to apply their own site sand and finish or for textured wall paneling. Uncoated material preserve more surface patina and saw marks than materials treated with UV Cure Aluminum Oxide or Natural Oil.
Natural Oil is a penetrating sealer that deepens the color of the wood and highlights its natural grain. Our Natural Oil coating contains 0% VOC and has no effect on indoor air quality. It meets the requirements set by the LEED building rating system and may be used to earn LEED MR Credit 6 and IEQ 4.4. Natural Oil is ideal for applications requiring a protective coating that can be easily repaired and maintained.
UV Cure Aluminum Oxide
Materials treated with Water-Based Polyurethane are ideal for commercial applications requiring a durable, protective coating with a slight sheen. By comparison, Water-Based Polyurethane coatings will not darken materials as much as the Natural Oil Coating. Water-Based Polyurethane is the hardest coating on the market, but is more difficult to spot treat than Natural Oil Coatings. This finish cannot be replicated on site. Our Water-Based Polyurethane coating contains 0% VOC and has no effect on indoor air quality. It meets the requirements set by the LEED Building Rating System and may be used to earn LEED IEQ 4.4 Credit.
Pre-finished materials are ideal for projects with a tight construction schedule as materials arrive on site filled, finished and ready for installation following acclimation. Note that all pre-coated materials are precision-milled to allow maximum adhesion of the coating; this production process reduces the visibility of surface patina and saw marks.
Old growth materials are highly desirable for their unparalleled density and stability. Most species are suitable for residential as well as medium-traffic commercial applications. That said, the care and maintenance procedures for wood are different than that of a hard surface material such as natural stone or porcelain tile. Softwoods (Butternut) as well as softer hardwoods (such as Chestnut and Walnut) will show more wear than harder hardwoods such as Hickory, Maple or Oak. All wood will show more wear than hard-surface materials such as natural stone or porcelain tile.
Please contact your Stone Source Sales Consultant for more information.
Sampling + Ordering
Samples and submittal samples of this natural material are to be used as a general guide. Samples are not a direct representation on an entire floor. Samples, pictures or representations we provide are to demonstrate the general characteristics and appearance of that product and are in no way a guarantee all characteristics are shown or all characteristics shown will appear in your order. Every flooring piece and completed floor is truly unique and one of a kind.
When calculating normal flooring installation square footage, industry standards suggest adding a 5%-10% waste factor. Add an addition 5-7% for spaces that require an angle or radius cut.
Flooring is commonly manufactured in random lengths. Random lengths are commonly 2’-12’ in solid wood, 2’-10’ in engineered though they vary based on the wood selection. Each floor is produced for optimal yield and the length results vary with each floor. Random lengths mean you will receive boards up to 12’. However, no way guarantees you will receive 12’ lengths or a percentage of any one length.
Flooring purchased in random widths will vary based on the wood selection. Each floor is produced for optimal yield and the width results vary with each floor. Random width flooring is more traditional and available in a number of width ranges. Stone Source guarantees that the two widest widths within the order will comprise a minimum of 25% of the total order. Stone Source will provide an exact count after the order is milled.
If requested, Stone Source can provide a laying sequence for an order that’s based on shape and square footage of the space and the material provided.
Acclimation time frame is dependent on many factors including the conditions and climate at time of delivery. The goal is to ensure the moisture content of the wood is relative to the living conditions and remains consistent; industry standards suggest 30-50% humidity level and 60-80 degree temperatures. Acclimation for unfinished materials is 7-10 days and finished 10-14 days. To properly acclimate materials, the wood should be unpacked and left in the dry, temperature controlled jobsite after all other construction has been completed. Failure to properly acclimate materials may result in the boards warping.
Although there are many different thoughts and practices on which installation method is best, Stone Source recommends adhering to the National Wood Flooring Association guidelines on hardwood floor installation.