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Using Reclaimed Wood For Your New Kitchen: Pros and Cons

With the concept of “reduce, reuse and recycle” gaining swift popularity to combat the alarms of climate change, wood is being furnished with a whole new life that can be put to use while transforming the different rooms of a business or house, especially the kitchen. Installing reclaimed wood is not entirely a new idea, it has been in existence since the 1970s and 80s, but has gained wider momentum only recently. While the primary notion underlying the reuse of woods is genuine and eco-friendly, in what situations are they the best fit? In the following section, we will be providing you with the pros and cons of fitting reclaimed wood into your kitchen.

Pros:

  • If you are looking to give a conventional and antique look to your kitchen, reclaimed wood is sure to fit the bill. Non-reclaimed wood boasts an appearance that is smooth and shiny. This means that in order to provide a more rugged look, you would have to paint or polish it incessantly, thus increasing its artificiality. Reclaimed wood performs as the pioneer natural recourse if you want to give your kitchen a naturally antique or traditional feel.
  • When you are constructing or rebuilding a portion of your house, the plan is to capitalize on these newly formed characteristics for a prolonged period before the need to change it again arises. Reclaimed wood is more durable and sustainable in the long term, thus justifying each penny spent on procuring them. Even better, because they have been formulated to be used over and over again, so you know you will have a long and healthy life with this material. Additionally, if you use reclaimed wood for your kitchen, you can apply for an official certification from LEED and FSC, which makes you eligible for a number of privileges.
  • What makes your kitchen stand apart from the rest of your home is that it requires materials that are more substantial and sturdy. This is where reclaimed woods fulfill its true purpose. With years of wear and tear ahead of it along with its adaptation to different weather conditions, you can rest assured that this is a lasting material up to the task of upholding the kitchen and all of its needs. The wood that is being put to use in reclaimed wood has been derived from a former life of boundless possibilities. Maybe it was used in the building of a barn, a ship, an old building, the possibilities are endless. This gives your material choice an undeniably exotic appeal.
  • Lastly, reclaimed woods can be used to serve multiple purposes in the kitchen, starting from redesigning the floor to creating the countertops, this is a material that is suitable for all.

Cons:

  • One con is the rare availability of reclaimed wood, a fact that leads to some dealers selling it under false pretenses. If you do not purchase it from a reputable dealer, chances are that you will be highly disappointed with the product only after a few days of use even when the money that was spent on purchasing it was nothing less than what you would have spent on the real product.
  • The price of reclaimed wood is higher, as it is made to last and has the element of eco-friendliness
  • If you aren’t careful about buying this material from a reputable source, some pieces can come with pests hidden inside the asymmetrical holes inside the lumber. To identify this issue, look for the wood to crumble around the area as soon as it is touched. To eradicate these pests and keep the blocks of wood away from the insects, manufacturers can often spray or paint it with disinfectants that are highly volatile and toxic. Before you purchase the lumber, check the label on it that has the details about its preservatives and if possible, gather some information about its past life and the treatments that it has undergone.

 

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