Refurbished wood comes from old barns factories, snow fences, decking, wine barrels, coal mines, boxcars, and warehouses. Some of the trees now making up the wood that is being reclaimed took from 200 to 400 years to mature. That time can only be given the reverence it deserves by extending the life of the tree as lumber.
Another benefit of using refurbished lumber is that much of it grew at a time when lumber could mature slowly, thus developing a denser grain. This virgin growth timber was consequently stronger wood.
You can find refurbished lumber under one of many names: antique or distressed, recovered, or upcycled lumber. This type of lumber is used for siding, flooring, cabinetry, furniture, and architectural detailing.
Wood that is refurbished is sold by many resellers, especially those that sell building materials salvage, such as those selling architectural salvage.