Us­ing re­claimed tim­ber aids en­vi­ron­ment

Penticton Herald - - HOME & GARDEN -

Us­ing re­claimed tim­ber when build­ing or ren­o­vat­ing a home ben­e­fits the en­vi­ron­ment in var­i­ous ways.

Ac­cord­ing to GreenBusi­nessWatch.org, build­ing and ren­o­vat­ing with re­claimed tim­ber helps to pre­serve forests by greatly re­duc­ing the need to cut down trees.

In ad­di­tion, when us­ing re­claimed tim­ber to build or ren­o­vate a home, con­trac­tors and home­own­ers tend to use lo­cally sourced re­claimed wood, re­duc­ing the need to trans­port wood from afar to com­plete the projects. That re­duced re­liance on trans­porta­tion re­duces fuel con­sump­tion and air pol­lu­tion.

Pro­cess­ing re­claimed tim­ber is of­ten less tax­ing on the en­vi­ron­ment than pro­cess­ing vir­gin wood. How­ever, re­claimed tim­ber may pro­vide more than just en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits.

Vir­gin tim­ber typ­i­cally comes from com­mer­cially grown trees that are not al­ways af­forded enough time to reach full ma­tu­rity.

Tim­ber that is re­claimed from old build­ings and ves­sels may very well have reached full ma­tu­rity be­fore it was cut down to use as build­ing ma­te­rial.

Re­claimed tim­ber that grew to full ma­tu­rity is likely stronger than vir­gin wood taken from com­mer­cially grown trees that were not given enough time to ma­ture.

Re­claimed tim­ber also may prove more durable than vir­gin wood be­cause the for­mer has al­ready dried out after years of con­tract­ing and ex­pand­ing, mak­ing it less likely to warp and split than vir­gin wood that has yet to en­dure such ex­po­sure.

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