Apr 1, 2013
Are you trying to do a reclaimed wood siding, ceiling, wainscoting or other project on a budget? Often one of the easiest ways to significantly reduce the costs of a reclaimed or other unique wood installation is to use unmilled lumber in lieu of milled antique lumber.
T&G (tongue-and-groove), shiplap and other milled reclaimed wood products generally cost more than unmilled reclaimed wood products for at least two primary reasons:
Note that the quoted costs of milled reclaimed wood products are very much influenced by "details" like the characteristics allowed by the finished product specification and whether the buyer or the seller takes the waste associated with the milling process. Specifications that allow significant amounts of rustic character and arrangements in which the buyer purchases reclaimed lumber from the seller and then pays for the processing of that lumber (taking and paying for everything that comes out of the process) can justify significantly more aggressive pricing than arrangements in which the seller is paid only for milled materials that meet a tight specification.