"Reclaimed lumber adds character and a level of ecology to any project."

Eagleville Lumber can supply you with a myriad of wood options

The Ecology

An ecological benefit of reclaimed wood is more trees remain in the forest providing homes for animals and keeping the air fresh and breathable, as well as preventing land erosion. It is far better for the environment to reuse wood that would otherwise end up in a dump, landfill or to rot where it stands. Also, living trees are not harvested for reclaimed wood projects. All around using reclaimed wood is better for the environment. As new technologies are being developed to create greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the build on human health and the natural environment

Properties

Reclaimed lumber is popular for many reasons: the wood’s unique appearance, its contribution to green building, the history of the wood’s origins, and the wood’s physical characteristics such as strength, stability and durability. The increased strength of reclaimed wood is often attributed to the lack of air pollution that existed up until the 20th century as well as to the wood’s often having been harvested from virgin growth timber, which had hundreds of years to grow before human intervention.

Reclaimed beams can be sawn into wider planks than newly harvested lumber, and are more stable than newly cut wood because reclaimed wood has been exposed to changes in humidity for far longer.

Wood Origins

Barns serve as one of the most common sources for reclaimed wood in the United States. Those constructed up through the early part of the 19th century were typically built using whatever trees were growing on or near the property. They often contain a mix of oak, chestnut, poplar, hickory and pine timber. Beam sizes were limited to what could be moved by man and horse. The wood was either hand hewn using an axe or squared with an adze. Early settlers also recognized the oak from experience with its European subspecies. Soon red, white, black, scarlet, willow, post and pin oak varieties were being cut and transformed into barns too.