How To Save Money On Reclaimed Wood (Plus An Extra Cost-Saving Alternative)

By Lauren Risotto

Reclaimed wood is any wood that has been previously used and then repurposed.

This type of material has had a recent surge in popularity. It’s often used in current design trends, such as farmhouse style, that blend old and new to create a look that is rustic yet chic.

Reclaimed wood adds textural contrast while staying fairly neutral in color. It often contains a mix of chestnut, oak, hickory, poplar, and pine timber. The depth and warmth of a wood look can be either an accent or the main focus of the room. The more wood that is used, the more rustic your project will appear.

Used wood can actually come with a big price tag. In this article, we discuss ways to find the material for less money, and what material you can use instead to get the look of reclaimed wood.

How Much Does Reclaimed Wood Cost?

Reclaimed wood surprisingly costs more than new lumber. This may seem odd since a main reason people usually buy anything used is to save money. However, there are some big advantages to reclaimed wood that make it more desirable.

Part of the reason that the used lumber is priced higher than new lumber is that reclaimed wood is stronger than new wood. The older wood was able to grow to maturity, as opposed to new wood of today that is farmed for timber and cut down as soon as it’s big enough. As a result, the newer wood is softer, weaker, and not as durable as reclaimed wood.

Some also prefer reclaimed wood solely for its aesthetics. The weathered look gives the wood character and prevents it from looking mass-produced.

The average cost of reclaimed wood is $10- $12 per square foot but could be as much as $20 per square foot. The lumber can be more expensive because of the process of reclaiming it from its original use.

Where Do You Get Affordable Reclaimed Wood?

It all depends on the quantity and quality of the wood you’re looking for. Below are 4 sources to start your search and potentially score a deal for the perfect reclaimed wood for your project.


Craigslist is a treasure hunt for pretty much anything, and reclaimed wood is no exception. Once on your city’s Craigslist page, click on “Materials” located under the “For Sale” section. Type in “reclaimed wood” to find postings where you can arrange to pick up from local sellers.


eBay has over 1200 listings for reclaimed lumber at the time of writing this article. Not only do many of the listings offer free shipping, but some also have a “best offer” option, so you may be able to bargain your way to a better deal.

Home Improvement Stores

Retailers such as Home Depot and Lowes have a section specifically for reclaimed wood. An associate will even cut the wood for you at no additional charge.

Demolition Sites

This is a perfect example of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If there are any buildings that are going to be demolished in your region, it is worth reaching out to the owner of the property. Ask if you can take the lumber off their hands once the demolition is complete. You would actually help them avoid disposal costs by hauling away the used lumber. You can also try this approach with remodeling contractors.

If you already have your wood and aren’t sure what to do with it, check out these reclaimed wood home design examples for inspiration.

Metal Siding That Looks Like Distressed Wood

An Affordable Alternative To Real Wood

Imagine if there was a cost-effective way to get the rustic look of old lumber without having to actually do any maintenance to wood. Luckily, there is!

T-8 Plankwall® is a metal siding that is designed to look like old reclaimed wood. It arrives ready - meaning no maintenance like cutting, staining, or painting is required.

T-8 Plankwall® generally costs between $6-$7 per square foot. You could save up to 75% when comparing it to the cost of real reclaimed lumber.

The panels are produced with 24-gauge metal and can be installed vertically or horizontally. Designed with four distressed wood patterns, each grain pattern replicates wood lines from different wood types. The concealed fastener panels are 1 inch high, 8 inches wide and 1 foot to 45 feet long.



T-8 Plankwall® arrives ready to be installed as soon as it’s delivered. This saves you from the potential hassles of working with real wood.

Using metal panels will eliminate having to worry about:

  • Wood warping
  • Cuts
  • Potential chemicals that were previously used on the wood
  • Undesirable finishes
  • The higher price of reclaimed wood
  • Bringing insects into your home
  • Rotting

Metal panels are waterproof and will not absorb moisture and rot like real wood. There are no inconsistencies or bending in a metal finish like wood warping. There’s also no need to worry about termites, as they cannot penetrate the metal of T-8 Plankwall®.

An additional benefit of metal is that, while reclaimed wood has no guarantees on its lifespan, T-8 Plankwall® comes with a 40 year limited paint warranty.

There are many benefits to metal panels that mimic wood, but some may still choose to work with real lumber for its uniqueness and character. While T-8 Plankwall® includes four different patterns, there are no two pieces of reclaimed wood that look alike. It all depends on the aesthetic you are looking to achieve.

For more information on metal panels that look like wood, take a look at our wood alternative wall and soffit system.

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