CDA Wood vs. Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is one of the most popular building materials today. Years of exposure to the elements brings out the wood’s color and can make it stronger. However, it is also more expensive and difficult to source.

CDA wood looks exactly like reclaimed wood. The boards have been “weathered” in a special process that mimics all the rain, sun exposure, and wear-and-tear that gives old wood its beauty and strength.

Since CDA boards are manufactured in controlled conditions—unlike the old planks rescued from old buildings or even crates—they’re cheaper, and in some ways better, than reclaimed wood.  Here are the benefits.

Affordable price

Since reclaimed wood is rarer, and has to go through a tedious process of being denailed and kiln-dried before it’s ready to be reused, it is significantly more expensive than virgin lumber. You can spend from $15 to $30+ per square foot.

However, CDA Wood’s process allows for a best value price.

Reliable supply

Reclaimed wood is hard to find. The Wall Street Journal reports that interior designers and crafts fans even go to salvage yards or demolition sites to find discarded planks. Even if you buy it online, it can be hard to find the exact size or shade you want.

With CDA boards, you can pick the kind of wood, the color, or even get a complete kit for a statement wall.  And unlike reclaimed wood, all planks are uniformly sized. You have complete control over the wood you buy, and can get it conveniently from Amazon or any major home supply store.


You never know what’s in old lumber. It may have been treated with pesticides, preservatives, lead paint or other toxic chemicals. These can be released as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which have been linked to disease and respiratory problems.

But with CDA boards, you can breathe easy. The wood is naturally aged by exposing it to heat, wind, water—just at an accelerated rate. No chemicals, paints or stains are used.