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Reclaimed Lumber - Green Homebuilding Guide Vol.1
January 29th, 2015 10:58 AM

Green Homebuilding Guide Vol.1

There are many environmentally conscious individuals making sustainable construction and renovation decisions that if executed properly, could lead to the lessening of waste and result in unique and effective home-building projects. The Green Homebuilding Guide is PahRoo’s periodical, that focuses on these eco-friendly options and provides insights into the various ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.

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Reclaimed Lumber:

When it comes to green home-building techniques, there is no more practical, and effective place to start than reclaimed lumber. It can be repurposed for large or small scale renovations in a variety of creative ways throughout the home, including: floors, surfaces, frames and paneling. Below, we’ve outlined the pros & cons of working with reclaimed lumber for your next project.


PROS

Environmentally Friendly

On average, home construction, remodeling and demolition projects generate up to 30% of the nation’s annual municipal solid waste. Recycling wood is an extremely resourceful way to help lower the amount of wasted material AND preserve natural resources. On a global scale, working with reclaimed lumber will help cut down on the amount of virgin timber harvested annually, which will also result in less overall energy consumption due to less milling of new growth timber.


Durability

When working with high quality lumber, its age can commonly lead to a higher durability, and longer life expectancy. This is especially true when it comes to old-growth wood, which was commonly harvested from much more mature trees than typical lumber comes from today.


Eye For Design

I’ll be the first to admit that this section is rather subjective, but for many, the use of reclaimed lumber can be very pleasing from a design angle. Whether it is a picture frame or a wooden ceiling, reclaimed lumber can be utilized very tastefully and in a variety of ways adding history, color and warmth to a room.


CONS

Termites

It is not uncommon that dry wood termites are transported along with salvaged timber, and they are known to burrow and hide themselves. There are proven safeguards against termites, and we highly suggest you explore them further if you are interested in repurposing lumber.


Price

The demand for reclaimed lumber is increasing, and with it goes the price for quality product. This limited resource is in extreme demand, and being that it is LIMITED, prices will continue to escalate. It can also cost a hefty chunk of change to ensure that your repurposed lumber is properly sorted and prepared for “re-use”.



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