What is our timber recycling process?
All of our timber is 100% reclaimed or recycled. All of our timber is collected through our sister demolition business- The Salvage Centre. From there, we save as much usable timber as possible and restore it, making it brand new again. In this post, we will give you some insight into this process.
Our sister business The Salvage Centre is a sustainable demolition company that collects as much usable timber from their jobs as possible. In the past, it has been cheaper and easier for demolition companies to simply take the timber to landfill. We understand that the easiest option is not always the best option. We save as much timber as possible from entering landfill and have come up with original and unique ways to recycle it.
There is a huge variety of timber that can be recycled such floorboards, posts, structural timber and bollards. We even have remnants of the famous St Kilda pier that will eventually be converted into park benches. All the timber is transported back to our Geelong warehouse where it is stored.
Quality Control and Shipping
Once the timber has arrived at the Geelong Warehouse, it is sorted, inspected and checked for visual defects. We have another, more stringent quality control process after the timber is re-milled. With multiple inspections, we are confident that our products are of the highest quality for our customers. The will look out for things like mould, fungi, physical damage and insects. Any timber that doesn’t meet our expectations is taken to landfill. The remaining timber will be sorted and packed, ready to send to our factory in Malaysia.
Milling and Crafting
Once the timber has arrived at our factory in Malaysia, it is milled and crafted into a new product. Some items require more processing than others. For example, many of the floorboards we salvage are still in great condition and just require a sanding and polish. Other times we recycle a piece of timber into a totally new product. You can read more about the difference between recycling and reclaiming here.
All products go through another much more stringent round of quality control. Our tests include moisture content, integrity, width and thickness errors. Our timber is then packed and sent back to Australia for distribution.
Flooring Distributed and Installed
Once the timber has arrived at the Geelong Warehouse, it is distributed to our customers and contractors. Some of our flooring is send out raw and natural, with a few coast of our high quality pre finish- Loba. This is a great way to showcase the natural beauty of the timber.
Our flooring installers will create a myriad of masterpieces using stains and parquetry techniques.
Our recycled timber is used for many other applications including cladding, bench tops, furniture.