Choosing reclaimed wood for your home project offers many benefits.  Using recycled wood can be a cost-effective decision because it is typically less expensive than new building materials and it has already been time tested and proven to be durable and long lasting.  In addition, using reclaimed wood is a very environmentally friendly choice because it reduces the demand for newly processed wood and can last for years without being replaced.  And, because it is usually weathered, reclaimed wood offers a unique, imperfect beauty.

If you decide to use reclaimed wood for your home project, make sure you choose the right kind for the type of project you are doing. Reclaimed wood is available in a wide array of wood species and finishes and, as a result, offers many different looks and functions. Moreover, not all  manufacturers offer quality used woods, so it is important to do your homework so you don’t end up with wood that becomes damaged after a few months of use.

There are lots of factors to consider when choosing the right reclaimed wood.  First, you must decide what type of reclaimed wood you want for your home.  Older planks and beams are best found in old barns and buildings that have been around for many years. But, for home projects that require new wood, you can still find recycled options by inquiring with construction companies, lumber yards, and reclaimed wood manufacturers.

The wood species you use is also a major consideration when it comes to choosing the right reclaimed wood. There are so many species to choose from and all of them offer ranges in tones and textures. For a more traditional style of wood flooring or beams, heart pine, cherry, and white oak are some of the best options. Wood species such as red oak and eastern white pine offer a more country look. If you would prefer a modern floor or ceiling, birch, hickory, and walnut are excellent choices.

When it comes to finishes, there are also several different options, including wood oil, wax, and urethane-based finishes. Keep in mind that using the proper finish on the wood you choose is very important in order to protect it from possible water and heat damage, as well as pest infestation. When you buy your reclaimed wood be sure to examine it well and avoid wood with signs of water damage or pest infestation to ensure you receive a high quality product that will last a long time and give you your money’s worth.

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