Frequently Asked Questions About Reclaimed Wood
How much does reclaimed wood cost?
Reclaimed wood can vary in price from free to $25/square foot. A property owner with an old shed might offer free reclaimed wood if you come to haul it away while a high-end, specialized wood company will charge top dollar for precision milled, professionally charred exterior siding. The way we price our reclaimed snow fence wood is based on economies of scale - the price becomes less expensive as the volume of your order increases. We offer additional services like de-nailing and custom finishes
. Fill out our price quote form
, or call us at (307) 742-3672
for a free price quote for your project.
Where can I find shiplap for sale?
Since Fixerupper put shiplap on the map many big box stores and lumber yards now carry it. If it is reclaimed shiplap that you're looking for we can ship our custom milled boards directly to you. Our reclaimed shiplap for sale
comes in 8 different finishes.
Where can I find reclaimed wood for sale near me?
A good place to start is to check with your local lumber yard, many yards carry specialty woods including reclaimed wood. Craigslist and searching on the web can also be a source for reclaimed wood; if you go this route make sure to check that the wood is free of insects and hasn't been exposed to any toxins. If you don't have any luck with these methods we would be happy to ship to you - use our contact form
to tell us about your project.
What in the world is reclaimed wood from a “Snow Fence”?
A snow fence is a wooden structure that prevents snow drifts on highways, here is an inforgraphic about snow fences
. These fences can be between 6' and 12' tall and there are hundreds fo miles of them in the state of Wyoming. These fences make it safe to travel through the brutal winters in Wyoming. Watch our video
to see exactly what we're talking about. Wyoming snow fences have created the largest source of sustainable reclaimed wood in the world.
What sizes are available?
The snow fence planks are made up of nominal 1 x 6 and 2 x 6 weathered boards. We reclaim the 1 x 6s continually, but we have limited access to 2 x 6 boards. Inevitably, it is necessary to cull out some of the unusable wood and we end up with cut stock in varying lengths. contact us
for lead times and board lengths that are currently available.
What is the lead time for reclaimed wood?
Our lead times are constantly adjusting due to the inherent unpredictability of reclaiming wood in Wyoming due to the weather and mandates from the Bureau of Land Management.
How old is your reclaimed wood?
The wood we reclaim off of the snow fences can be between 7 and 20 years old.
How straight is the wood?
Centennial Woods™ prides itself on having some of the very best reclaimed wood on the market. Our production team has an extremely selective culling process because we want to give you the best product possible. To assure that the wood remains as straight as possible once installed use best practices for your region when acclimating our wood to your environment before installing.
What kind of milling options are available for reclaimed wood?
For those that like the look of reclaimed wood, but want the product to install like new lumber, we offer the following in-house milling options
: tongue and groove, shiplap, bevel lap, resawn, straight edging, planing to consistent thickness, and skip planing.
How is reclaimed wood from Wyoming snow fence carbon-negative?
Unlike barn wood or pallet wood, snow fence wood is naturally free from insects and contaminants. Because of this we can skip sennding our wood to a dry kiln, a process that expends a huge amount of energy. Our wood is 100% natural and has not been treated with chemicals or exposed to barnyard animal waste in any way. There are no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in our wood and therefore no off-gassing.
Can I get LEED® points by using your wood?
Absolutely! Centennial Woods™ reclaimed wood contributes toward satisfying Credits MR3, MR4 and MR5 under LEED®.
Is there any kind of maintenance with reclaimed wood?
Our snow fence wood is a maintenance-free product. For exterior siding we recommend Centennial Seal™
- a sealant to protect the wood from moisture. Our reclaimed wood for exterior siding may continue to change color and texture when exposed the sun and elements. DO NOT USE a polyurethane coating on this wood as it will noticibly darken the wood!
Can I specify a color range for my wood?
Our wood is primarily grey with other brown, yellow, and orange tones mixed in. Unfortunately, with reclaimed wood, we don’t have any control over the color of wood we reclaim from week to week. That said, if requests are within reason we will do our best to satisfy your desired aesthetic; please keep in mind that this will extend the lead time of your delivery.
Will the color of reclaimed wood change or vary over time?
The patina of your wood may continue to change slightly through time, this is especially if used as exterior siding and subjected directly to sunlight or moisture year-to-year.
What species of wood do you use on your snow fences?
Our wood is purchased as new and regionally sourced from western pine with some spruce and fir in the mix.
What is "skip planing"?
It is a method of removing some of the very top portion of the wood. Some of the natural patina is removed revealing lighter tones beneath the top layer.The finish that we call Wheatland has been skip planed.