Salvaged redwood is a popular building material used to achieve the natural and rustic character appealing to many. The de-nailed material will usually have extractive “black” bleeding from the tannic acids and the nails. Although the holes, knicks, and scratches that remain help define the look and feel, they are a problem for finishing elements exposed to the outdoors, where new siding would perform better, look better, and last longer. Using old, naturally-aged material for exterior siding presents maintenance and upkeep problem as the material checks and endures sun and weather. For the best performance and durability, salvaged redwood should be cleaned and used for ornamentation in more stable circumstances such as character siding in eaves, interior walls, flooring, tables, chairs, garden boxes, wainscoting, and other places where the holes, splits and knots of the wood can focus and really show their character. Use new material for siding!
Here’s a couple of projects we’ve done that used salvaged redwood.