What Is Reclaimed Wood?
Plus Other Frequently Asked Questions About Reclaimed Wood
What is reclaimed wood?
Simply put, reclaimed wood is lumber that has a second life and use after it has served its original purpose. Are there differences in quality and consistency depending on the source of reclaimed wood? Most suppliers of genuine reclaimed wood have limited supplies due to sourcing issues caused by having to find usable wood from all around the country. This results in boards with inconsistent dimensions and quality. Often boards reclaimed from the same barn can look completely different, especially the boards that were southern-facing and exposed to sunlight all year.
Centennial Woods runs the largest and most consistent system to create real and sustainable reclaimed wood boards. Our wood ages as fence slats for approximately 10 years. Some sections of our 12’ tall fences are over a mile long with the boards all facing in the same direction resulting in consistent, natural coloration.
Where to buy reclaimed wood?
How much is reclaimed wood?
The price of real reclaimed wood online ranges between $7 and $14 per square foot. Our reclaimed Wyoming snow fence wood is sourced from a continual supply of wood that is consistent in quality. Our prices are very competitive and are at the lower end of the price spectrum. We offer additional services like de-nailing, water-proofing, fire retardant application, and custom colors. Call us at (307) 742-3672 or get a free estimate.
Is Reclaimed Wood Safe?
What is shiplap wood?
What is a snow fence?
A “Wyoming Snow Fence” is completely different. Wyoming snow fences prevent huge snow drifts from forming on highways and rural access roads. These wooden fences are between 6′ and 12′ tall and there are hundreds of miles of them throughout the state of Wyoming. Snow fences make it possible to travel during the brutal winter months along Interstates and other roadways in Wyoming. Centennial Woods® installs and maintains most of the snow fences throughout the state. When we rebuild a section of snow fences we recycle the old boards and mill them into planks for interior and exterior use. Watch our video to see how we create recycled lumber products. Our circular process of building/rebuilding Wyoming snow fence has created the largest and most consistent source of sustainable reclaimed wood in the world.
Where does reclaimed wood come from?
Reclaimed snow fence planks derive from recycled nominal 1 x 6 and 2 x 6 boards consisting of a mix of high-altitude pine, spruce, and fir. The 1 x 6 boards are continually recycled, but the 2 x 6 boards are rarely replaced and have a limited availability. These upcycled boards are milled into wall/ceiling planks, shiplap, straight-edge boards, siding, and more.
What is the lead time for reclaimed wood?
Once the boards are reclaimed they are hauled to the Centennial Woods facility in Laramie, WY. Production times to process and mill large quantities and custom boards are constantly adjusting based on the weather, road conditions, wildlife migration, and accessibility mandates from the Bureau of Land Management. Call 307-742-3672 or contact us for an estimate.
How old is reclaimed wood and what is reclaimed wood?
What kind of milling options are available for reclaimed wood?
Is reclaimed wood sustainable and eco friendly?
are torn down they often are not rebuilt. If they are rebuilt another building material like metal is used instead of wood.
Unlike barn wood, reclaimed snow fence wood is naturally free from toxins, safe for indoor use, and ready to be used in net zero projects. Since heat treating in a kiln is unnecessary, our wood arrives as a carbon-negative product (even if the boards are shipped across the Atlantic or Pacific.) By building, maintaining, and rebuilding the wooden snow fences in Wyoming we have created the largest known system for creating naturally aged, sustainable reclaimed wood.
Does reclaimed wood promote wellness and smart building practices?
- 2015 International Green Construction Code
- 2018 International Green Construction Code
- ASHRAE 189.1 2014
- LEED v4 – Building Design & Construction
- LEED v4 – Interior Design & Construction
- LEED v4 O+M: Existing Buildings
- LEED v4 O+M: Existing Buildings
- NAHB Green Building Standard 2015
- US EPA Recommendations for Federal Purchasing
Is there any kind of maintenance with reclaimed wood?
NOTE: DO NOT use other sealants without spot-testing; many sealants will turn reclaimed wood a very dark color. Additionally, the color and texture of our reclaimed wood will continue to change if exposed to sunlight and the elements in an exterior application. We recommend having us apply Flame Stop II® to planks used in commercial projects or residential projects like fireplace surrounds to meet local fire codes.
Can I specify a color range?
Will the color of reclaimed wood change or vary over time?
What are the most common problems and solutions with reclaimed wood?
- Limited and unreliable sources like barns or old factories. Centennial Woods has a consistent source of wood from hundreds of miles of 12’ tall snow fences in Wyoming.
- Lack of consistency from different reclamation locations month to month. Centennial Woods’ snow fence sections can be nearly a mile long and all face in the same direction getting the same sun exposure year after year.
- Inconsistent dimensions. Centennial Woods has state of the art milling equipment.
- Invisible dangers from chemical treatments and animal waste. Centennial Woods’ reclaimed wood is aged naturally, above ground, in the plains and mountains of Wyoming.
- Buried nails can cause injury or destroy tools. Centennial Woods offers de-nailing services on all reclaimed wood products.
- Inability to buy large, consistent and quality quantities year after year. Centennial Woods has the largest source/system of consistent reclaimed wood on the planet.