Once upon a time, interior wood paneling was all the craze. Well, that craze has made a comeback, and people are finding many unique ways to panel their walls with wood. Here's just some of the reasons you should consider reclaimed wood for your interior paneling.
1. Reclaimed Wood Represents Sustainability and Eco-friendliness
Reclaimed wood comes from a variety of places. Reclaimed wood can come from any wooden construct that's
- no longer viable;
- about to be torn down;
- or fallen into disrepair.
It's a way to recycle wood instead of sending it straight to an already full landfill. Because it's reclaimed, it's "green," with a whole industry that has grown around it.
2. Reclaimed Wood Comes With Unique Character and Personality
Reclaimed wood comes with a history. There's a story, and an entire previous life the wood lived before it became your interior paneling.
As wood ages, it develops a unique look. People actually go out of their way to try to mimic the look of aged wood. It's darker, and the whorls are more pronounced. It has its own character that can transform whatever space it's in.
3. Reclaimed Wood Can Come from Sources that No Longer Exist
There's many types of wood out there that's no longer obtainable. Certain species of trees have become extinct or protected. Reclaimed wood represents one of the only ways to obtain some specific types of wood.
For example, if you live in an older home, you may have trouble finding the same type of wood to replace any damaged paneling or flooring. Recycled wood can represent your only option if you want to keep everything original.
4. Reclaimed Wood Is Often Stronger and More Durable than Virgin Wood
Age also plays a role in the strength and durability of recycled wood. Often, that older wood came from old growth timber. That means it was cut from older trees that spent decades maturing and growing stronger in the wild.
In addition, the recycled wood already has a history of exposure, and shrinking, and everything else that affects wood. This all goes toward making a lot of older wood more durable. In fact, the wood has already proven its durability by existing as a material that you can put to further use.
For all these reasons and more, recycled wood can do a whole lot for your interior paneling installation. Give your home something unique with a history behind it, all while doing your part for the environment.