Five Reasons to Choose Wyoming Reclaimed Wood Over Barn Wood


Reclaimed wood, distressed wood, weathered wood, treated wood, pallet wood, barn wood… the options or terms seem endless these days and at times very confusing. We know that it can be overwhelming to find the best option to fit your style whether it be modern, urban farmhouse, wabi sabi, coastal, or rustic. When it comes to your home, business, or project for an important client, it’s essential to choose a supplier that provides all the things you need in a reclaimed wood product.

Before Centennial Woods began reclaiming Wyoming snow fence these structures were purely functional (these 12’ tall structures direct snow away from roadways and highways). The boards from the fences used to be burned or thrown in a landfill when replaced. Centennial Woods decided to create a product that was both unique in appearance and ecologically friendly.

Wyoming Wood Snow Fences

An international market was developed for this sustainable and carbon-negative Wyoming resource, we have repurposed more than 18 million feet of reclaimed wood through the end of 2016 and have avoided more than 18,000 tons of CO2 emissions as of end of 2017. Our high altitude, sunshine, snow, and scouring winds give our wood its beautiful patina. Wyoming’s recycled snow fences are now the largest source of sustainable reclaimed wood in the world.

We’re committed to producing the most consistent reclaimed wood products for our clients and customers; here are five things that set Centennial Woods’ products apart:

Character of Consistent Reclaimed Wood vs Barn Wood
  1. Character
    Unlike newly sourced wood and faux reclaimed wood, reclaimed Wyoming snow fence has been naturally aged for years in Wyoming’s wild weather. No two pieces of our reclaimed wood are truly identical, which gives all of our clients’ projects their own unique character. Knowing the wood comes from Wyoming’s hundreds of miles of snow fence creates a distinct conversation piece for every home and business- giving even the most contemporary spaces a taste of the Wild West.
  2. Sustainable
    Using our reclaimed wood can assist your project in becoming LEED® Certified, with the use of our FSC® Certified 100% recycled wood, helping qualify your project or your client’s home or business for LEED® certification. Centennial Woods’ reclaimed wood contributes toward earning Credits under MR3, MR4 and MR5 for LEED® v4, and has been featured in sustainability-first business locations like Starbucks. We also proudly participate in the USDA Forest Service’s Plant-a-tree Program to help reforest public areas that have suffered from drought, flood, fire, or infestations: we provide for every 20 sq. ft. bundle of reclaimed wood that we sell, we donate and plant one seedling to the Forest Service’s program.
  3. FSC Certified 100% Recycled
  4. Consistent
    Our wood is clean, consistent, sustainable reclaimed wood. Unlike barn wood, either current and future add-on orders or replacement orders will be consistent in overall color, quality, and dimensions. Reclaimed wood from Wyoming snow fence has not only been featured in homes around the world, but also in corporate locations for companies like Starbucks, Whole Foods, Red Lobster, Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, University of Wyoming, various banks, restaurants and more.
  5. Safe
    It’s entirely possible that wood that has been sourced from old barns and warehouses has been treated with chemicals that are now recognized as toxic (like lead paint) and there may be no way of knowing which pieces have been contaminated without laboratory tests..
    Unlike barn wood, naturally aged Wyoming snow fence wood is free from insects and contaminants. It has neither been treated with chemicals nor been exposed to barnyard animal waste and has never been laying on the ground. Most importantly, it does not contain any VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that contribute towards off-gassing.
  6. Durable
    Rather than demolishing a structure to gather barn wood, our boards are carefully taken down and refinished for an entirely new purpose. The moisture content of our boards is only between 4% and 8% making them uninhabitable to insects. These reclaimed wood planks have never been exposed to ground moisture or chemicals that often affect wood from barns or pallets. This results in a more stable and durable wood plank than standard run-of-the-mill barn wood.
Durable Weathered Wood vs Barn Wood

At Centennial Woods, we produce top-of-the-line reclaimed wood for any kind of project you can imagine. Our products are featured at Blake Shelton’s restaurants, Shake Shack locations, Nando’s, mountain resorts and many luxury homes and businesses around the globe. We invite you to read more about how we reclaim our wood, and the Wyoming Snow Fence story, or to contact us today to learn about interior and exterior design options.