Reclaimed wood has come into its own as a retail and commercial design element. Many franchises and restaurants are using panels made of barn wood, pallet wood, and even tiles that mimic the natural colors and grains of wood. Below are the reasons real reclaimed wood is a better option for both customers and employees.
Reclaimed wood is recognized as an environmentally friendly design element, as it has a second life of usage as an architectural finish. Recycled barn wood and pallet wood can be made into gorgeous wall panels and furniture, but these materials often come with some drawbacks.
- Must be kiln-dried before being introduced to an indoor environment in order to kill insects and mold
- Kiln-drying is an extremely energy-intensive process that negates the “green” aspects of this type of wood
- No way to know if these boards were ever exposed to lead paint, chemical treatments, or are emitting VOCs
- You can’t rely on the consistency of size, color, or dismensions
One particular issue with barn wood is that each individual installation will look different since not all barns are built with the same kind of wood or are aged in the same geographical region. Pallet wood has its own issues; it is either treated with or exposed to toxic chemicals during its first life as an industrial transport device.
Reclaimed snow fence wood from Wyoming overcomes the shortcomings of both pallet wood and barn wood. Recycled snow fence wood is naturally aged in the mountains and plains of Wyoming at high elevations – the extreme climate won’t allow for bugs or mold to survive. The dry climate in Wyoming means that reclaimed snow fence wood can skip the wasteful kiln-drying process. Additionally, snow fences are built using new, untreated lumber native to the Rocky Mountains, so there is no risk of exposure to chemicals or VOC off-gassing.
Centennial Woods™ builds, maintains, and recycles the snow fences that keep Wyoming roadways safe from snow drifts. This continual recycling process started in 1999 has created the largest source of sustainable reclaimed wood on Earth.