Older is better seems to be the mantra today, especially when it comes to flooring. Reclaimed flooring is still all the rage and with good reason, it is gorgeous. But before you get excited when you see a barn falling over and you grab that barn floor to install in your own home, there are some very important things you need to know.
Reclaimed flooring is repurposing old wooden floors or planks and using it for your home’s floor. People used to do this with bowling alley floors when a bowling alley or roller rink went out of business, people would purchase the flooring at auction to use as their own new floor to save some money.
In the past couple of decades or so, people have been going beyond the bowling alley floor, which pretty much looks like a regular hardwood floor. People ventured into the land of reclaiming barn wood for their floors.
As it turns out, likely the worst thing you can create a home floor from is the flooring of a barn. If you think about it, there have been horses, sheep, goats and who knows what peeing and pooping on that floor for 100 years or so. There is the matter of spilled chemicals, as well. Once in the home, there is little doubt from where that flooring was repurposed. Yikes.
The walls of the barn are another matter. That should be mostly free of animal waste and chemicals, especially from the higher levels.
If you have your heart set on a beautiful barn wood floor, there are companies specializing in reclaiming barn wood and other woods. They sanitize it, kill the bugs in it and make sure what they sell is milled properly to make a gorgeous floor.
At US Hardwood and Carpet we’ll be happy to show you some of the wood these reclaimers sell. You do have options. Just don’t try to reclaim the wood yourself.