People love to use wooden materials in their homes.  Even though other types of materials may offer wider ranges of color and design, there’s something about wooden flooring, doors, or cabinetry that continues to attract people.

There are many options when it comes to wood materials, so choosing the right kind of wood for your home may require a bit of research.  Wood materials can be broken down into three broad categories: new wood, laminate wood, and reclaimed wood.  If you are looking for an eco-friendly design, then reclaimed wood is going to be your best choice because it is the most sustainable option.

Reclaimed wood, also known as recycled wood, is wood obtained from damaged structures such as old barns, unused buildings, and boats.  Even though the overall structures themselves may be ruined, the individual pieces of wood are still intact and durable and can be perfectly reused in a different way.

When using reclaimed wood, it is best to first know what you can expect from the material. Just like any other type of wood or housing material, reclaimed wood also has its own share of pros and cons, and it is important to understand them prior to making a decision. For example,  reclaimed wood may warrant a little more work on your part because certain preparations must be done prior to installation. You will likely need to remove the nails, sand the wood, and varnish it. It may sound like a lot of work, but in the end, your wood will have one-of-a-kind character that will be unique to your house.  So, you have to decide whether or not you feel the amount of work required will justify the benefits.  There are also companies that handle the preparation of the wood for you, which saves you time and effort.

Another factor to take into consideration is that there is a risk of obtaining illegitimate recycled wood when you opt for reclaimed wood.  Many recycled wood dealers claim that they sell real reclaimed wood, when, in reality, they do not.  When you purchase your wood, just make sure to buy it from certified reclaimed wood companies, which will minimize that risk.

Using recycled wood provides several worthy benefits that are advantageous not only to you and your home, but to the environment as well. Reclaimed wood is eco-friendly because it helps to reduce the over-forestation of young trees in the forest. Moreover, because it is recycled, less energy is involved in preparing it for use.

Reclaimed wood also provides long lasting beauty. It offers a unique and comfortable appearance that is very well-suited for home use. Recycled wood is also strong and stable due to its age, so it can guarantee longer years of service than other materials and new or faux wood.

So, educate yourself on the details of reclaimed wood.  Knowing what to expect from reclaimed wood will help you to better understand the advantages of using recycled wood and what you have to do to get the best deal.

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