Reclaimed Lumber Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Reclaimed Lumber Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Beams & Boards, Flooring, Paneling & Siding, Furniture), By End Use (Residential, Commercial, Industrial), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Feb, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2017
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-802-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 93

Industry Insights

The global reclaimed lumber market size was valued at USD 11.22 billion in 2017 and is expected to register a CAGR of 4.6% over the forecast period. Increasing product penetration in the U.S. construction industry owing to easy availability and properties including high durability and strength is expected to propel the market growth. Majority of the demolition contractors recover salvaged wood from the old constructions, owing to the increasing product demand. Moreover, growing awareness regarding the environment coupled with degrading quality of new lumber as compared to well-preserved old wooden structures is also likely to boost the product demand.

The U.S. government imposed a heavy tariff of 20% on the imports of softwood lumber, including reclaimed lumber from Canada, owing to the appeal from U.S. International Trade Commission to levy countervailing and anti-dumping duties on imports. This move led to softwood lumber trade dispute between both the countries and is expected to limit the industry growth.

U.S. reclaimed lumber market

However, extensive use of salvaged wood in cross-laminated timber products is expected to drive the market. In addition, increasing use of wood in residential building construction to reduce the carbon footprint is expected to boost the product demand further. Additional processing coupled with high labor cost associated with deconstruction activities leads to a rise in the product price of reclaimed wood. Thus, high product costs may hinder market growth.

Limited availability of the salvaged wood due to low penetration is also expected to hinder growth. Suppliers in the industry focus on high price differentiation due to the presence of a limited number of companies. In addition, the industry is also heavily dependent on the number of deconstruction activities in a particular country, leading to a high degree of uncertainty in the growth prospects.

Application Insights

Furniture emerged as the second-largest application segment in 2017. High product demand for the production of customized furniture, including tabletops, chairs, shelves, and cabinets, is expected to impel the growth of the this segment over the next few years. Paneling products are manufactured using the average-grade lumber recovered from old structures. However, they require additional weatherproofing with a sealant or paint for exterior use, to avoid the warping of panels from humidity. Re-milled beams and timbers are typically used in structural applications.

The demand for reclaimed lumber for the construction of beams exhibits a significant demand for residential structures and are often used in stick frame construction and joinery style of construction. The industry offers a variety of customized products, thereby driving demand from the residential sector. Other applications include small item manufacturing and architectural millwork. Small item manufacturing encompasses a variety of products, ranging from gift boxes to slingshot handles. The cost of these products are usually expensive due to high labor and production costs. Hence, aggressive grading of the reclaimed lumber for this application is imperative.

End Use Insights

Residential sector emerged as a major consumer for the reclaimed lumber in 2017 and is expected register a CAGR of 4.3% over the forecast period. It is used for a number of applications including framing, casework, paneling, flooring, cabinets, and interior design components. The commercial sector is driven by high demand from the HORECA sector. The product has several applications in flooring, wall coverings, tabletops, seats, bar tops, and light fixtures. The design aesthetic helps disguise the wear and tear in high traffic areas, which will drive the demand over the forecast period.

Global reclaimed lumber market

Industrial applications accounted for a minor share of 10.0% of the market revenue in 2017 and is expected to witness a moderate growth over the forecast period. These applications include custom-made doors and windows, structurally efficient components, such as roof trusses, flat trusses, I-beams, box beams, and I-posts. Majority of the wood to be used across various applications requires an additional coating of varnishes to increase the aesthetic appeal, the use of which is also regulated across Europe and North America.

Regional Insights

North America witnesses a steady growth. However, the region is expected to face challenges due to the lack of market development for recycled materials and cost-effective grading system for salvaged wood. U.S. leads the market in North America market, owing to the surge in demand from the commercial sector including retail, hospitality, and offices for custom fixture and interior decoration applications. Moreover, easy availability of reclaimed wood will drive the market further.

The product demand is expected gain a considerable momentum in China, owing to the incorporation of highly efficient building methods, better energy-efficiency, and seismic performance. Increasing effect of the green building regulations in China are further expected to encourage the product use in residential and commercial constructions. Germany was the largest consumer in Europe in 2017 and will maintain its dominance over the forecast period. Product demand for cross-laminated timber owing to superior characteristics like low moisture content and high density and strength is anticipated to impel market growth. 

Reclaimed Lumber Market Share Insights

Companies in the market try to gain higher market shares through lower turnaround time, wide selection of materials, and price differentiation. Product availability is one of the key factors influencing the product sales; hence, companies prefer to procure raw material from multiple sources, instead of relying on a single source. Majority of the companies in the market have limited geographical scope, which allows them to maintain long-term relationships with consumers to widen their customer base. In addition, increasing penetration of the product in the construction industry is expected to lead the production levels, thereby boosting market growth.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2018 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Million Square Meters, Revenue in USD Million, and CAGR from 2018 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of the World

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Russia, China, and Japan

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global reclaimed lumber market report on the basis of application, end use, and region:

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Flooring

    • Paneling & Siding

    • Beams & Boards

    • Furniture

    • Others

  • End Use Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Residential

    • Commercial

    • Industrial

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Russia

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

    • Rest of the World

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