This is a classic story of seeing the value of something that has been thrown away. The highways in Wyoming are lined with hundreds of miles of wood snowfencing, which is constructed to make driving safer during the winter months. Overtime these boards become old and need to be replaced. The old boards were then either burned or thrown in the landfill.
One Great Discovery
In 1999, Centennial Woods LLC discovered the conditions these wood boards endured were ideal for producing stunning and sustainable weathered wood. The founders vowed to repurpose the wood, which is not only beautiful, but strong as well. Centennial Woods saw the discarded wood as a precious resource that could be reclaimed for multiple uses. In the perfect win-win solution, Centennial Woods began harvesting the snowfencing to repurpose and sell to homeowners and builders and around the world. In turn the harvesting of the old wood saves the snowfence owners over $9 million and prevents 9,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
Better Than Barn Wood
Since beginning their mission to reclaim wood from the snowfencing, Centennial Woods has repurposed over 7 million feet of weathered wood. The wood from the snowfencing comes from sustainabile harvested forests of Ponderosa Pine, Lodge Pole Pine, Douglas Fir and Spruce from the Rocky Mountain region. Wood reclaimed from Wyoming’s snowfences is better than typical barn wood. Why, you may ask. In many cases most reclaimed barn wood or salvage building board is treated or painted. However, the repurposed wood from the snowfences has not been treated or painted. What this means is there is no worries of off-gassing VOC’s or lead paint entering your home.
Amazing Repurposing Applications
There are many ways to reuse these reclaimed timbers in interior design. Here are a few stunning examples of Centennial Woods’ applications, which include exterior siding, interior wall panels, hardwood flooring and wood ceilings.
What is most intriguing about the applications of this weathered wood is it looks stylish and stunning in rustic or modern interior design. Thankfully the owners of Centennial Woods saw the value of this old wood and saved it from the landfill. As result, not only is the environment a cleaner place to live, but you can have the natural beauty of weathered wood in your home.
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