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Reclaimed Barn Wood Flooring

100% clean 4"-6" widths mixed hardwood floor
100% clean 4"-6" widths mixed hardwood floor
Credit: Dave Campbell Photography
We offer a number of authentic reclaimed flooring choices for you to consider based on species, surface finishes, dimensions, and milled profiles.

Hardwood Options:
25% original surface texture mixed hardwood floor
25% original surface texture mixed hardwood floor
Credit: Dave Campbell Photography

25% original surface texture reclaimed Douglas fir flooring
25% original surface texture reclaimed Douglas fir flooring
Softwood Options:
Specialty Wood Options:
Golden to dark brown threshing flooring with straight-line ripped sides for a rustic and tight fitting look
Golden to dark brown threshing flooring with straight-line ripped sides for a rustic and tight fitting look

Surface Finish Options:
Milled Profile Options: We offer the following milled profiles:
  • Tongue and groove with square end
  • End match
  • Microbevel
  • Microbevel with end match
  • Custom specifications

Dimensions


Narrow floors include random widths between 3" to 6". Wide plank floors include random widths between 4" to 8". We can also custom select floor boards for specified widths for an additional charge. Note that surface finish does not affect the price of your order.

Read more about reclaimed wood flooring and our product offerings below >>


Reclaimed Flooring Options


The character of your reclaimed wood floor comes from the combination of species and old growth tight-ring grain patterns, along with the saw marks, nail holes, sapwood, and patina acquired during the wood's life as old growth timber or as a piece of an historic structure. These visually and texturally pleasing character marks, matched with the increased durability of old growth, naturally air dried aged wood, allow our reclaimed floors to take wear well, especially in high traffic areas. Our authentic reclaimed old growth barn wood will be your project’s key ingredient.

Credit: Dave Campbell Photography

Hardwood Options


Wood species include oak, elm, ash, beech, and maple. Our two most popular hardwood flooring options, mixed oak and mixed hardwoods, are cut from reclaimed barn siding boards. Red or white oak flooring is considered a specialty wood and is cut from reclaimed timbers. We also offer specialty hardwoods such as chestnut and hickory, which are available upon request.

Mixed Oak


A mixture of reclaimed oak barn wood siding, these floors have a similar grain pattern throughout and maintain a classic look over time. Most mixed oak floors naturally range from tan and gold to chocolate brown patina. Other desirable and natural features including original nail, knot, saw, sapwood, and historical wear marks. Widths range from 2" to 8".
Reclaimed mixed oak floor with reclaimed Douglas fir posts and beams
Reclaimed mixed oak floor with reclaimed Douglas fir posts and beams
Timeless 25% mixed oak in 3"-6" widths with old growth grain patters and skip-planed character marks that include circle saw marks  weathered coloration  and the occasional nail holes
Timeless 25% mixed oak in 3"-6" widths with old growth grain patters and skip-planed character marks that include circle saw marks, weathered coloration, and the occasional nail holes

Mixed Hardwoods


There were times when a barn was built directly from the trees that grew on its foundation. Different species of trees were cut down, milled, and then used for its siding. When wood from these historic structures is reclaimed, it generally contains a mix of elm, ash, beech, and maple. Floors made from milled mixed hardwoods are thus rich with varying colors and grain patterns.
Reclaimed mixed hardwoods closeup with distinctive grain patterns
Reclaimed mixed hardwoods closeup with distinctive grain patterns
100% clean 4"-6" widths mixed hardwood floor
100% clean 4"-6" widths mixed hardwood floor
Credit: Dave Campbell Photography

Softwood Options: Douglas Fir


25% original surface texture reclaimed Douglas fir flooring
25% original surface texture reclaimed Douglas fir flooring
Milled from reclaimed timbers and planed to create beautiful flooring material, Douglas fir is our premier softwood option. People are drawn to Douglas fir floors for their handsome grain patterns, red to golden brown coloring, authentic saw marks, and durability. Grain is typically vertical and tight with sapwood that is a bit lighter, but boards can also have spirals and waves.

Durability is further enhanced by its dense old growth rings. In fact, in places where Douglas fir was commonly harvested a century ago, there are numerous examples of
50% original surface texture Douglas fir floor
50% original surface texture Douglas fir floor
antique homes that still showcase the lasting beauty of their original Douglas fir floors. Although Douglas fir is technically a softwood, it is actually harder than many hardwood species. The classification of softwood or hardwood is actually based on seed type and not hardness or density. When comparing samples of the same size from old growth versus new growth trees, it is clear that the old growth samples are much heavier. The process of natural air drying over the course of our flooring's first historic lives gives the wood an "inner glow" and also contributes to hardness and durability. For these reasons, Douglas fir makes excellent, long lasting flooring.
Reclaimed Douglas fir stair treads
Reclaimed Douglas fir stair treads

Specialty Wood Options


Distinguished Boards and Beams regularly carries specialty woods such as reclaimed fence plank, barn threshing floor, and white or red oak. Other less common woods will rotate through our inventory and are available upon request.

Fence Plank


Oak fence planks are an excellent source for reclaimed wood for flooring with boards ranging from 3-1/2" to 4" widths. Fence board flooring is only available in a clean surface (100% smooth).
Reclaimed fence plank flooring with 100% clean surface texture
Reclaimed fence plank flooring with 100% clean surface texture

Barn Threshing Floors


Early barns often included a thick, sturdy threshing floor area for separating grain from chaff. Farmers would lay crops on the floor and arduously beat them with a special stick known as a cudgel or flail. Heavy livestock was also used to trod the grain with their hoofs, and at times dancing celebrations were performed to separate grain from chaff. A man of good health was said to be able to give the sheaves thirty to forty blows a minute and could average eight bushels of wheat per day. By processing the crops in this fashion, the impact of the plants on the wood transformed the floor over time to a patina of unique beauty and character.

Threshing floor kitchen with 100% original surface texture
Threshing floor kitchen with 100% original surface texture

Today, reclaimed threshing boards can be repurposed in a variety of applications including flooring, stairs, railing, and counter tops. With its untouched original surface and historic patina, our true grit 100% original barn threshing floors have the authentic look of a rustic cabin or barn. These thick boards possess historical character and unique textures from our agrarian heritage. To complement the more rustic surface, our mill shop can straight line rip edge profiles and thickness plane the backs of each board ensure an even and tight fitting installation. Some customers also prefer to leave the natural edges for more organic looking seams between each board. Barn threshing boards are wire brushed to gently smooth any surfaces that are too rough for everyday use. Since the boards are twice as thick as most wood flooring material and made of hardwoods, the experience of walking on installed threshing flooring is truly unique and gives the impression of an incredibly stable and durable floor. A great example of the robustness of barn threshing flooring can be found in a project that we admire, the 1860s Barn Conversion by VanderHorn Architects. In an article detailing this project on Houzz, the architect jokes about how a tractor could still drive over the converted barn's robust flooring, as they did in the times of the original heritage structure.

Threshing floor floating stairs
Threshing floor floating stairs
Barn threshing floor with original surface and straight line ripped edges in a bedroom
Barn threshing floor with original surface and straight line ripped edges in a bedroom

Red or White Oak


Wood that is cut from red or white oak timbers and then planed into flooring material is highly desirable because of its strength, tight grains, and rich array of color. Tones can range from a blonde to a nutty brown patina.

Mix of red and white oak floor with 100% clean surface finish
Mix of red and white oak floor with 100% clean surface finish

Special Orders


We periodically source other wood species such as chestnut and hickory. Inquire about options and availability here.

Surface Finish Options


One unique aspect of working with reclaimed wood is the ability to customize the texture of original surfaces depending on the character of flooring you desire. This gives you the freedom to choose a rustic or clean look, while maintaining original and authentic character, unlike anything produced in conventional flooring mills. We offer four surface finish options: true grit 100% original, rustic 50% original, natural 25% original, and timeless 100% clean.


True Grit—100% Original Surface


With its untouched original surface and historic patina, our true grit 100% original floors have the authentic look of a rustic cabin or barn. To complement the more rustic surface, freshly milled edge profiles ensure tight fitting joinery and consistent installation. 100% original surface barn boards are wire brushed to gently smooth any surfaces that are too rough for everyday use.
100% Original Mixed Hardwoods
100% Original Mixed Hardwoods

Rustic—50% Original Surface


Our rustic 50% original floors are lightly skip-planed to retain half of their original surface texture. This provides a great balance in texture for those who prefer to have lots of rustic original patina character but like a consistently smooth skip-planed surface that freshly exposes the well preserved old growth grain patterns of the historic barn boards.
50% original mixed oak floor
50% original mixed oak floor

Natural—25% Original Surface


Our most popular option, natural 25% original surface floors are mostly smooth but maintain deeper surface patina character, such as circular saw marks and nail holes. 75% of the original surface texture is freshly skip-planed to reveal and showcase the well preserved old growth grain patterns and natural coloration of the historic wood species
25% original surface mixed oak
25% original surface mixed oak

Timeless—0% Original Surface


Our timeless 100% clean surface finish keeps the unique character and beauty of a reclaimed old growth wood floor with a cleaner, less rustic look. The material will have a newly milled smooth surface to reveal lighter tones of the natural wood coloring and showcase the well preserved old growth grain patterns of the historic wood species. Customers also appreciate the darker tones of the small iron-stained holes left behind after removing the original nails.

100% Clean Mixed Oak Floor
100% Clean Mixed Oak Floor

Milled Profile Options


With each of our flooring choices we offer a number of different mill profiles based on your specific needs:
  • Tongue and Groove profile
  • Tongue and Groove profile, square end
  • Tongue and Groove profile with end match
  • Tongue and Groove profile, microbevel
  • Tongue and Groove profile, microbevel with end match
  • Milled to custom specifications

Buying Advice


The most important factor when buying any reclaimed wood flooring products is to purchase materials from a reputable vendor that knows how to properly select, kiln dry, and mill the flooring for your project. Due to the natural, and desirable, inconsistencies that barn wood flooring boards acquire during their life as a heritage barn, a highly trained production staff using professional milling and kiln drying equipment is essential to achieving an end product that will not only meet and exceed your project vision for but last beautifully throughout future years of wear and use, without the need for costly replacements or repairs.


The Need for Reputable Reclaimed Flooring Manufacturers


Reclaimed barn wood flooring's popularity has soared in recent years. This has led to an increase in experienced and specialized vendors and installers who are familiar with the nuances of working with reclaimed flooring and how to produce a beautiful looking end result. However, it has also led to the buzz-word "reclaimed" being used to quickly move or markup unauthentic products or the low quality manufacturing of materials. Situations like this inevitably lead to frustrating experiences for installers, poor end results, and floors that will not stand the test of time.

Credit: H. Wilson Photography
Properly sourced, graded, kiln dried, and milled flooring should lead to an installation experience that is relatively similar to installing industry standard strip flooring once professional installers become familiar working with the characteristics of barn wood flooring that make it so popular today.

As an industry leader for authentic reclaimed old growth barn wood flooring, we recommend taking the following steps before making your purchase:
  • Make sure that you are buying flooring authentically sourced from barns that were originally built with old growth trees
  • Ask to see pictures and physical samples of the different flooring options available through the vendor and speak with knowledgeable sales representatives who can answer any questions and provide feedback for your questions and vision.
  • Ensure that the flooring manufacturer properly grades, kiln dries, and mills the flooring in a professional facility
  • Review the different mill profiles available for the flooring and make sure that the boards fit together properly on a flat surface
  • Make sure that the manufacturer provides detailed documentation of your order, including the manufacturing and shipping (if applicable) details
  • Ensure that your order will be properly shipped to maintain the integrity of the flooring

Standing barn with original posts  beams  barn wood  and threshing flooringReclaimed mixed hardwoods closeup with distinctive grain patterns

We are confident that we can guide you through every step of the reclaimed flooring buying process with expert advice and professional manufacturing and delivery to help you to create your dream floors.

The Distinguished Boards and Beams Team
The Distinguished Boards and Beams Team
Credit: H. Wilson Photography

Advantages to Old Growth Flooring


Our flooring comes from authentic antique structures that were built using old growth wood harvested from virgin forests that grew in a time when there was vastly less environmental pollutants and natural, healthy, dense forest competition for the sun. This natural, pure growth cycle led to much more robust trees that grew slowly over hundreds of years and produced very tight growth rings. Some of the desirable benefits of these tight growth rings include wood that is
  • Harder, Denser, Stronger, and More Stable: Less movement, cracking, and expansion and contraction from moisture, along with much greater measurable stability within both shorter longer boards, lead to an installation that will be more durable over time. The tight growth rings of our installed flooring options bring out the unmatched characteristics these century+ old original American forest trees. These traits make our reclaimed flooring great for high traffic areas.
  • More resistant to rot: Old growth wood is usually composed dominantly of Latewood (Autumn Growth) versus Earlywood (Spring Growth). Latewood is known for its rot-resistant properties because its Xylem vessels are more tightly packed and stronger.
  • More resistant to insect infestation: High density and low moisture content make make old growth wood naturally more resistant to those insects who love to make wood their home or dinner.

Modern lumber industry standard new growth wood flooring is often intentionally produced from fast growing tree species, such as pine, that are encouraged to grow even more quickly by creating unnatural conditions such as planting them in open areas to eliminate natural competition for sunlight. These accelerated growth cycles lead to loose growth rings and weaker wood that is harvested after mere decades instead of centuries. The result is less variety of species and less quality of products.

Although there are still areas around the world where it is possible to source true old growth lumber, North America’s supply was mostly depleted by the mid-twentieth century. Certain species like the once abundant American Chestnut nearly became extinct. For these reasons, reclaimed wood has become a truly excellent source for the sustainable, functional, and aesthetic character of old growth flooring and its tight growth rings.



Read more below about reclaimed flooring's role in the modern lumber industry >>

Random 3"-6" widths mixed hardwoods with circle saw marks
Random 3"-6" widths mixed hardwoods with circle saw marks

Is Reclaimed Flooring More Expensive?


Reclaimed lumber prices are surprisingly competitive within the modern market, and this rings true for reclaimed flooring. Our flooring is reclaimed from antique structures that were built with old growth lumber that is superior in many ways to new growth wood varieties. Due to the rarity of old growth trees and laws restricting their harvesting, finding newly cut old growth flooring in the modern market can be very difficult, leading to longer wait times and elevated prices. We carry a large rotating inventory of old growth wood flooring that has been naturally air dried over time. The option to retain varying percentages of our flooring's naturally aged patina and character marks is also a quality that cannot be matched even by freshly milled old growth flooring.

Hardwood Versus Softwood Flooring


The terms "hardwood" and "softwood" can be misleading, since these classifications are based on seed structure and not physical hardness. While hardwoods are indeed harder than softwoods in general, examples like Balsa wood being classified as a hardwood clearly show that the classification is based solely on seed structure.
  • Oak Acorns
    Oak Acorns
    Hardwood: Hardwood is another name for Angiosperm, meaning “enclosed seed.” Angiosperms like Maple, Walnut, Ash, Beech, and Oak produce seeds that are housed in some kind of fruit or nut. Hardwoods are generally deciduous except in the tropics and subtropics and are more complex in their physical makeup than softwoods. They usually have slower growth rates than softwoods which leads to tighter growth rings.
  • Douglas Fir Cones
    Douglas Fir Cones
    Softwood: Softwood is another name for Gymnosperm, which means “naked seed.” Trees that produce cones that slowly open before releasing their seeds, such as Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Pine, Redwood, and Cedar, are considered Gymnosperms. They are generally evergreen and usually grow faster and larger than hardwoods, although this can vary greatly depending on environmental factors. For example, inland Douglas Fir has slower growth rates than coastal Douglas Fir. Faster growth rates, especially in new growth softwoods, can mean wider growth rings. However, our old growth reclaimed flooring softwood varieties, namely Douglas Fir, exhibit very tight, slowly grown rings that enhance density and durability.

Is Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring More Expensive than Reclaimed Softwood Flooring?


Softwoods make up roughly 80% of the world’s lumber supply, and because they grow faster than hardwoods they tend to be less expensive when freshly milled. In the world of reclaimed wood, however, price is also based on availability. For example, Reclaimed Weathered Grey Pine Barn Wood Siding is more difficult to source because of its rarity. For this reason Reclaimed Weathered Grey Hardwood Barn Wood Siding tends to be slightly less expensive. This is another great reason why Reclaimed Douglas Fir makes a wonderful softwood flooring option. Besides its appealing aesthetics and durability, it is very competitively priced when compared to Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring examples.

While it is worth considering the differences between hardwoods and softwoods for you flooring purchase, a properly installed and finished reclaimed floor with one of our durable softwood species such as Douglas Fir is well worth considering for both its proven durability and its reclaimed old growth aesthetic.


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