Working with Reclaimed Wood 

American Barn & Wood
Disclaimer about Reclaimed Wood Products

We want you to enjoy the warmth and beauty that comes with using reclaimed wood and other natural products in your home.  Before using the product, here are few items that you should be aware of.

Variation and Defects:
Reclaimed barn wood is a natural product and may contain certain aged characteristics including but not limited to: color variation, nail holes, mortise holes, insect holes, livestock cribbing (chewing), staining, tapering, wane (not squared) etc.  Due to the technology of the time, reclaimed wood dimensions are not as exact as in modern day milled lumber. The dimensions can vary.  Appearances of reclaimed wood can also vary from board to board even if it is from the same lot.  If a customer was shown a sample, that sample was used to demonstrate the general type and quality of the products.  These samples do not represent that the products would necessarily conform to the sample.  “Decorative” reclaimed wood products have not been certified as structurally sound by a certified grader. 

Wood Species:
American Barn and Wood cannot guarantee the species of any of the wood we offer for sale.  We can give you our “best guess”, but this by no means guarantees the species of a particular piece of wood.

Nails and Other Objects:
The reclaimed wood comes from buildings that have been disassembled.  Therefore, there exists the possibility of nails and other objects in the wood, both metallic and non-metallic. Precautionary measures such as the use of safety goggles, mask, gloves etc. are recommended when cutting - milling your reclaimed barn wood.

Painted Reclaimed Wood:
 Red barns were typically painted with ferrous oxide and linseed oil. Paint used on houses prior to 1978 was kown to be lead based.  It is unknown whether or not past barn owners used lead based house paint on the barn wood.  We recommend that you exercise caution if using painted reclaimed wood in a common area especially with children.

Reclaimed wood comes from hay and livestock barns that were built many years ago. Over that period of time, they have been exposed to many things.  The possibility of insects, decay, or fungus can exist.  Reclaimed wood and other natural products sold by American Barn & Wood are not warranted against insect habitation, decay, or fungus.   Products such as Bora-care or Timbor can greatly reduce these risks.

American Barn & Wood
3460 La Cruz Way # D
Paso Robles, CA 93446