Reclaimed wood has a rich history, beautifully aged look, and tons of character that comes with great durability and strength. But, what exactly is reclaimed wood? Reclaimed wood, also known as reclaimed lumber, is wood that has been retrieved and upcycled from sources such as factories, old barns, and warehouses.
So, why would you want to build with old and vintage wood? At one time, wood was the primary building material thanks to its abundance and inexpensive cost. As times and preferences for building materials changed, factories and warehouses constructed from wood were either abandoned or demolished. Today, those structures that may have been abandoned, but built from sought-after lumber like redwood and American chestnut, are lucky enough to get a second life through the reclamation process, as deconstruction has become a viable alternative to demolition.
Beyond its beauty and durability, what are some other reasons to use reclaimed wood over virgin wood? One is that it’s an environmentally friendly choice that puts a decrease on the demand for virgin wood. When reclaimed barn wood is harvested responsibly, you’re reducing the environmental impact that comes with deforestation and reducing the creation of further landfill waste.
Besides the environmental choice, a general appreciation of preserving vintage wood may lead you to pick reclaimed barn wood for your next project. When you purchase salvaged barn wood, you’re also getting a piece full of history that provides a vintage look that cannot be replicated with non-recycled barn wood.
One of the more unique reasons to build with reclaimed wood is that you can repurpose rare, exotic wood species into a new, original piece. Some of the more exotic and rare woods can be obtained only by going with reclaimed wood. In turn, they can become reclaimed wood furniture or reclaimed wood shelves, pieces that cannot be mass produced or duplicated.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding as to what reclaimed wood is and how it can bring unique style and character to any project. Here at Vintage Wood and Forged Iron, we offer a large variety of reclaimed wood at our lot in Lancaster County, PA. Our reclaimed wood stock continually changes, so whether you are in need of hand-hewn beams, reclaimed oak, or reclaimed hardwood flooring, we’re sure to have what you’re looking for. When you’re ready to discuss your next reclaimed barn wood project, contact our team with your specifications.
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