What you need to know about reclaimed wood

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You have probably noticed a lot of furniture pieces made out of reclaimed wood lately. It doesn’t just have good looks going for it. It has history and an aura of authenticity. Whether you want to make your own furniture out of reclaimed wood or you are looking to invest in some pieces, it might be useful for you to know a little bit about the material first.

Here is everything you need to know about reclaimed wood.

It is environmentally friendly

A great benefit of reclaimed wood is that it is an environmentally friendly option. Wood that is taken from existing structures or even river bottoms can have many advantages for the planet. Not only are virgin or farmed forests not cut down, but wood is diverted from the landfill. Also remember that the more local the sourcing of the reclaimed wood, the greater the environmental advantage.

Where is it sourced from?

Reclaimed wood can come from many sources. It often comes from old barns, shipping crates, salvage yards, boat yards and factories. Take a look around you. You might be surprised where you could find a goldmine of potential reclaimed wood. If you had a large supply you could make a nice profit by selling reclaimed wood.

What is it used for?

Reclaimed wood is typically given new life as furniture pieces and architectural structures. It can be used for just about anything that is made out of wood. However, reclaimed wood is in high demand and is a limited commodity, so can be on the expensive side. It is typically used for structures that are visible. For instance, you wouldn’t use it for support beams in a closed roof, but you might use it for timber decking.

Properties of reclaimed wood

The most obvious property of reclaimed wood is that is has an aged, weathered appearance. With many types of materials this would be a bad thing, but with wood it is a different story. It has a wonderful vintage appearance and looks like there could be many stories behind it.

Additionally, you might be interested to know that from a structural standpoint, aged reclaimed wood generally has a much tighter grain structure and is more stable than virgin wood of the same species.

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