In France and the Benelux, structural timber occupies a less central place in the reuse sector than elsewhere in the world. In the United States, with its great wood building tradition, the reclaimed wood sector is particularly well developed.
In our regions, we can make a distinction between different products. On the one hand, there is the relatively recent reclaimed wood that can be used perfectly as an environmentally friendly and often cheaper alternative to equivalent new products. On the other hand, there is a market for old, mostly oak beams from buildings that are often centuries old and sought after for their rustic aesthetic properties.
Reclaimed structural timber can be reused to structure entire buildings or parts of buildings such as mezzanines, canopies, etc. But equally, such structural elements are sawn (whether or not by the dealer himself) to produce planks for furniture, floors, panelling or other interior decoration (for more information on this, see the category Finishing wood). In this category here, traders who offer the structural timber in its original form are included.