Creating a Custom, One of a Kind Door with Reclaimed Lumber

March 26, 2020

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Doors are an integral part of every home or commercial space. They allow entry and passage, create privacy and security, and can help enhance the appearance of a space as well. Whether you’re trying to boost your curb appeal or install a new sliding barn door on your interior, there is one material that can allow you to create a door to your exact specifications while also lending character and interest that you can’t find anywhere else, and that’s reclaimed lumber.

What Is Reclaimed Lumber?

Reclaimed lumber is wood that has been taken from old barns and buildings more than 100 years old. The wood is cleaned, milled, and ready for a new use in a number of areas, including as a new door.

Reclaimed wood may appear like new cut wood and have all the same qualities, strength, durability, and beauty of new cut wood. It may also have additional character, such as nail holes, saw marks, and the patina from its original use. This can allow you to create a door that is as unique as your property. 

Why Use Reclaimed Wood For Doors?

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Reclaimed wood has a lot of benefits no matter where it’s being installed, which is also true for both interior and exterior doors.

Exterior Doors

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Exterior doors play a big role in the curb appeal of a home. They need to be solid and able to secure your property, but they also need to complement the exterior and architecture of the property as well. There are several different materials that can be used for exterior doors, with solid wood being one of the best for many older architectural styles, as well as architectures such as Craftsman and Arts and Crafts style homes that rely on a wooden door to match the aesthetic. 

Using a reclaimed wood exterior door allows you to customize the appearance of your door, using solid, old growth wood. This wood is often stronger than some of the new cut wood available today; it’s already lasted over a hundred years, and it can last for decades more. 

With reclaimed wood, you can achieve a unique patina and style that can quickly draw and focus the eye on the home. You can complement home styles such as Mission, Bungalow, and Prairie with ease, and with the richness of real wood, you’ll easily elevate your home’s curb appeal.

Interior Doors

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Many interior doors in use today are hollow, lightweight doors that have a ubiquitous appearance and style. They don’t offer a lot in the way of aesthetics and they don’t tend to last very long. 

Using reclaimed wood interior doors, you can give your home a more solid, high quality feeling inside and out. Reclaimed wood doors can be used to match rustic styles, creating a perfect complement to wood wall or ceiling paneling. They can have the same patina and style as other rustic wood finishes, or they can be given an entirely new appearance.

Barn doors and interior sliding doors have become increasingly popular over the last several years, as homeowners look for ways to add character and charm to their interiors. Reclaimed wood barn and sliding wood doors are able to meet this style effortlessly. They have authentic charm, patina, and wear marks that you can’t find in new cut wood products or in materials that are crafted to look like wood.

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By using reclaimed wood doors, you can also create one of a kind doorways for your home or commercial space, matching your unique dimensions and complementing the style. And with the beauty and interest of real wood, these doors are sure to become the focal point of any design. 

Caring for Reclaimed Wood Doors

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Reclaimed wood is still wood, and requires the same type of care that any wood door would need. Wood in high humidity spaces may swell slightly, while it may shrink in low humidity. Take care to adjust your door frame as needed to make sure that your reclaimed wood doors don’t stick in the frame. This can be done by taking your measurements during high humidity days, or by using dehumidifiers in the home to help control the atmosphere.

Humidity and direct sunlight can also contribute to the patina or color change in your doors. For many people this is a desirable feature, but for others it may not be. Take care to use curtains or shades as needed to help block the sunlight.

Otherwise, clean and care for your wood doors as you would other fine wood surfaces in the home. Use a moisturizing cleaner for the wood, wipe down with a damp cloth as needed, and seal or stain your doors as desired. 

Add Beauty and Character to Your Home with a Reclaimed Wood Door

Reclaimed wood doors are solid wood, made of old growth lumber. They’ll bring beauty, privacy, and security to your home or commercial space anywhere you install them. Visit Elmwood Reclaimed Timber to learn more about how you can use reclaimed lumber in your next project. 

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