Demolition Wood Grants Aesthetics and Sustainability to Indoor Environments
Sustainability and reuse of materials are undoubtedly major global trends nowadays. In decoration, this appeal to the economy can be seen through the use of recycled materials. And in this scenario, demolition wood is a strong reality.
Presented in both architectural designs and furniture, demolition wood is nothing more than the finish from the panning of noble woods taken from old buildings. Demolition wood can be purchased directly from demolishing companies who, when renovating or demolishing old constructions, remove it for reuse. Coming from old mansions, sheds, farms, bins, factories and railroads, the demolition wood gained a powerful status.
Today it is considered a noble element in construction and even in the creation of doors, decks, windows, tables, chairs, floors and furniture.
However, some caution is advised. With the high demand for the material, there are already ‘fakes’. Many companies are selling new woods only with the appearance of worn, old demolition wood, meaning it lacks the sustainability concept. It is necessary to be very wary of the origin of the material.
Demolition wood has become a luxury material, used in projects and furniture with high added value.
Usually, demolition wood is made of noble material. However, there is another raw materials widely used, like the wood used to lay down train tracks, which is widely popular these days, on the home decoration market.
Finally, there are the wooden cross-ties, which are profiles used in electric energy poles used in remote, rural areas, to give support to the power lines.
CONSUMPTION AND RESTORATION
The general rule is that the older, the better the demolition wood is. This is due to the fact that over time it ceases to dry and to wear. However, this does not exempt the wood of some special care. As they are old pieces, they can reach the market with many nail punctures, grooves and different gauges. Therefore, it is safer to acquire the material from companies like Mahalo Wood that prepare it for the new use.
Restoration begins with cleaning, preferably with high pressure water machines rather than corrosive chemicals, which could damage the wood. Once dried, the rulers need to be flattened to be of the same thickness. Only then they are cut on the side to gain fittings of the male and female type (the most common) or gable (kind of bevel). If planned as dry joints, they will be side by side, with no fittings, therefore with more rustic effect. In that case, we usually dispense with the mass of caulking (applied at the meeting of the rulers) and adopt the wax in the finish.
To protect the wood, our professionals recommend water based resin, which has the velvety touch of wax, is odorless, does not stain in contact with water and does not require the use of a waxing machine. The matte version minimizes the natural appearance of the wood.
USING RECLAIMED WOOD
Demolition timber has become a luxury material used in projects and furniture with high added value. The finish is very present in wall and floor coverings, tables, television panels and fireplace. There is also the possibility of adding it as a window frame and table tops, preserving the design of the original piece. The use of demolition wood can be infinite, depending only on the imagination of the architect or the designer, specially because this material is resistant to termites, due to its age.
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