While distressed wood flooring uses special techniques to make new floors look old, reclaimed flooring is made from floorboards that are cut from centuries-old timber. Reclaimed flooring uses wood salvaged from old barns that have been designated for demolition. Floorboards may be cut from the thick floorboards, siding, joists, beams or carrier timbers. Reclaimed flooring preserves the imperfections in the timbers, including nail holes, wormholes, splits and cracks, color variation and knots in the wood. When done well, distressed wood flooring can re-create the look of reclaimed flooring with less expense.