Finishing wood
Finishing wood
Finishing wood
Finishing wood
Finishing wood
Finishing wood
Finishing wood
Finishing wood

Finishing wood

On the reclamation market there are many wooden products that can be used as finishing materials, both inside, for floors and panelling, and outside, for cladding and terraces. These elements come from various sources: old agricultural structures; maritime infrastructure, industrial applications, etc. They usually have originally the form of planks, but thicker elements or panels can also be found. 

Their years of exposure to use and weathering have left traces that make reclaimed wood much appreciated: variations in colour due to sun or rain, traces of centuries of processing, deep grooves, etc. In addition, elements of wood that have been used before are mechanically more stable than new wood; and wood that was felled decades or sometimes centuries ago is of a very high quality, as the trees were given more time to grow. 

Finished wood is typically available from traders specialising in one or more of the products listed below. 

   

Common products

Timber formwork panels

Timber formwork panels known as “Steenschotten” are  true classics on the reclamation market in Belgium, the Netherlands, and, to a lesser extent, France and Germany. These panels find their first application in the concrete industry, where they are used as supports to vibrate and dry precast concrete products. Afterwards, the rectangular panels, often azobé, douglas fir or larch, can be used for a variety of different (exterior) applications and are especially popular for terraces.

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Barnwood

Barnwood has also enjoyed great popularity in recent decades. The term usually refers to wooden planks from the dismantling of former agricultural barns, mainly imported from Eastern Europe and North America. This time- and weather-treated wood is very stable and strong and has a very distinctive aesthetic. Often, batches of barnwood also have a certain historical significance, as the wood originates from European and American primary forests. 

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Planks sawn from oak beams

(Tropical) wood from maritime applications

Tropical hardwood was, and to a lesser extent still is, widely used for many maritime applications. Ship's timbers, mooring posts, sheet piling, etc. consist largely of azobé, especially in the Netherlands, and to a lesser extent of other wood species such as Douglas. This type of wood is naturally very resistant to moisture and high loads and is therefore very suitable for (but not limited to) outdoor use. Reclaimed marine timber is mainly found on the Dutch and Belgian reclamation markets.

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Wagon boards and railway sleepers

Scaffolding wood

Demolition wood

Wood from other applications