‘Pros’ of Reclaimed Wood Table Tops:
- Eco-Friendly - The sustainability kudos coming from using recycled wood for table tops. We all know the impact of deforestation - when choosing contract furniture made from reclaimed wood, you are both reducing demand for newly sourced timber and the amount going to landfill. Essentially, it is a ‘guilt free’ option. Read more on sourcing sustainable furniture here.
- Durability - Recycled wood tends to be stronger and more durable than ‘new’ wood grown today because it often comes from old-growth trees, instead of first-generation forests, making it a great choice for contract furniture which needs to stand the test of time. Long term weathering makes wood less susceptible to drying, cracking and splitting. A stained or lacquered finish will make it even more hard-wearing, allowing it to maintain its appearance year after year. See more on Wooden Table Tops Finishes and Effects here.
- Character- Having a story to tell, with scars from a previous life, adds to the appeal of your top. Rich colouring and fine grains give reclaimed timber its unique appearance and add character to a venue - leaving a lasting impression on guests.
‘Cons’ of Reclaimed Wood Table Tops:
- Price - Reclaimed wood may be more expensive than virgin wood because of the lengthy, labour-intensive process required to make it ready for contract use - including testing for toxins, nail pulling, removing potential pests, etc..
- Reliability - Because of the high demand for reclaimed wood, furniture companies may say it is reclaimed when it is not. Make sure to buy your hotel and restaurant furniture from reputable companies with product integrity.
- Gaps between the slats - Due to it’s slatted form, reclaimed wood may have slight cracks or gaps in between each plank, which could become susceptible to food getting stuck, even if cleaned regularly.
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