Reclaimed Timber: The Benefits of Recycled Materials


Kacey BradleyThroughout your life, you will likely undertake many different projects. You may need to install a drainage system in your yard for excess stormwater or pave your own driveway to add property value. Many of these projects will require wood material to get the job done, and there are many choices out there.

You can go to your local hardware store and see what it sells, but that doesn't mean you'll get the best option for your project. Many stores don't provide reclaimed timber, for example.

Not sure what reclaimed timber is? Read on to learn more about this fantastic material and discover all the ways it can be used. Whether you're building a garden or installing new floors in your home, reclaimed timber could be just what you're looking for.

1. It Cleans the Earth

The bonus of recycling anything is that you're helping keep the Earth clean. When it comes to reclaimed wood, you're preventing extra gases from being released into the atmosphere. When wood is left to decompose on its own, it releases methane. You may not think a few trees or pieces of wood could do much environmental damage, but landfills emit 12 percent of the world's total.

There's also an environmental concern when it comes to making fresh timber. Companies that are working on new wood pieces strain natural resources, especially if their business isn't focused on sustainability. This can lead to deforestation, especially in areas that are already smaller in scope. Using reclaimed wood prevents all of this from happening, minimizing your carbon footprint.


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