“1. Don’t take on a barn reclamation project yourself. The cost of labor and time makes a barn wood recycling project a costly venture. Most barns have 10,000 board feet or more of good used building materials, much more than you can use in one home project.
I have received many calls from people who have good intentions. They want to recycle lumber from an old barn but.. In the end they destroy a great deal of lumber. They will use the weathered siding for some projects. Maybe they will use a few of the loft boards for other things. Then they stack the used lumber outside fully intending to use it, but…
They don’t know how to store the timbers properly. They have no way to re manufacture the timbers into other useful products such as recycled wood flooring and recycled wood molding. A couple years go by. They see that big stack of recycled building materials rotting away. They call me to see if I can help. By then, it is too late. The beams and lumber have been improperly stored and have rotted too much.
2. Do buy reclaimed barn wood locally. There are many reasons for this. Less fossil fuels are used to ship your lumber. Your money stays in the local economy. It helps your personal economy, local lumber almost always costs less.”