Using reclaimed and upcycled materials to build and decorate your home has never been more popular, with the environmentally aware as well as the design conscious both in agreement that this trend is here to stay.
Taken from one project and used in another, reclaimed materials are usually slightly modified to fit the new project, rather than in the case of recycled, where a product is melted down and remade into something else, and it is this that makes reclaimed materials ideal for homes that want to fit in with a more traditional look. Reclaimed wood, and floor tiles already have that ‘worn in look’ that makes them especially popular with barn conversions and properties that are in villages and rustic towns, however they can be just as at home paired with more modern styles. Architecture at the moment is all about mixing the old with the new to create modern but familiar buildings that will blend in with an areas existing structures as well as moving with the times.
Many materials can be reclaimed, including;
- Slate roofing and tiles
- Terracotta tiles
- Stone slabs and tiles
And with the Code for Sustainable Homes rating timber, brick and clay tiles as A+ in environmental terms, making the decision to buy reclaimed materials rather than new can not only gain your property a higher rating (the number of home buyers looking for a sustainable property is rising), it can also give your project character and a sense of history that brand new just can’t do.
Terracotta tiles have been used for centuries across the globe to aid in natural heat control within a property, with it staying cool in the summer and holding onto heat in the winter. Greeks and Romans have used terracotta tiling to store the heat from the sun, and slowly release it over the cooler nights for hundreds of years and with energy prices being raised all the time, the more savvy modern home owners are looking for more energy efficient ways to control warmth, with sales in terracotta floor tiles beginning to noticeably soar of late.
Our designated recycling facilities are the hub of Charles Howey, and this is where we reclaim, clean and up-cycle many materials, including hard wood flooring, and stone tiles, in such a way that they seamlessly fit with modern day requirements, such as underfloor heating and screeds.
And whether you choose to use modern grouts and adhesives or even line mortar, we are confident that our tiles will add a beautiful touch to your home or business. The best thing about our flooring? They only get better with age and as long as they are cared for correctly, will continue to add capital value and style to your property for many years to come.
Contact us today on 01760 337970 or visit our website to view our full portfolio online.