Reclaimed barn board’s age is often correlated with the depth of furrowing on the surface of the siding, with deeper furrow and thinner boards suggesting an older, more weathered plank. The color of barn board varies, depending on the type of exposure the siding experienced, and whether or not it was painted during its lifetime. Other installers opt to place strips of reclaimed wood over the joints in ‘board & batten’ siding style. Sealing: in some applications, such as children’s playrooms and bedroom headboards, barn board is sealed using a spray or brush-on finish.
To help mask these gaps, painting the wall behind the planks black will cause them to recede visually. A measuring tape is needed to determine the exact height and length of the mantel, and then those measurements are used to make the appropriate cuts. To ensure a perfectly straight line, it’s best to keep a speed square or a straight edge handy. Following are the various reclaimed planking, decking and siding alternatives we offer arranged by species and the various appearances available. Popular in modern settings as well as beach and lake houses and matches wonderfully with our reclaimed hewn barn beams for ceiling decking and wall applications. It will look similar to new, freshly sawn mixed oak with the main difference being its unmatched stability and the grain density of old growth lumber.
This blend has dramatic color and width variation and is wildly popular for accent walls, art installations and barn doors. It will look similar to new, freshly sawn redwood with the main difference being its unmatched stability and the grain density of old growth lumber.
Barn board siding
At its source, salvaged barn board is weathered barn siding, exposed to the elements for decades or longer. When painted, this siding ages more slowly, until the paint begins to wear and decay, eventually leaving a surface texture of fading and flaking colored paints.
Because barn board was often originally sawn from a farm’s nearby woodlot, the makeup of species can be varied and unpredictable, although it is often softwood lumber. Make necessary chopping and ripping cuts for installation, taking note of any nails or metal that may be left in the barn board. If using cut nails, be extra careful not to strike the barn board with your hammer head, as this can damage the barn board’s patina or integrity.
By removing baseboards or crown molding in a do-it-yourself manner, homeowners can cut down on reclaimed barn siding installation costs.
Since saws require a great deal of skill and safety precautions, all cutting is best left to the professionals.
Homeowners who want to add an additional layer of industrial style to their barn siding wall may consider stainless steel screws rather than basic wood or metal screws.
Reclaimed planking, decking, and siding is sold in random lengths and random widths unless you specify otherwise.
It is an extremely popular product for ceiling and wall applications, furniture, and barn doors.
It is a popular choice for clean bright installations that are looking for a less rustic application but want the performance of reclaimed old growth. If we need to generate this product by milling these “faces” off solid timbers, it is an option but generates a lot of waste resulting in a much more expensive product. Wire brushing and/or sorting this material for exclusively vertical grain is an option as well.