When looking for where to buy Reclaimed Wood…
.. there are some critical points to consider. Regardless of your experience, these tips below from our experts can help you SOURCE reclaimed wood comfortably. When buying reclaimed wood, it is often for a home or business seeking reputable and natural materials that will last lifetimes, so be sure the company you purchase from has that same goal.
Is it a reputable company and how big is their inventory?
It seems like a silly question – but it is important to know who you are working with and that they have the resources and capabilities to get your job done well, on time and in budget. Revient has been in business since 2011, and sells hundreds of truckloads of material every year. Our inventory is a rotating 1 million board feet stored inside our 38,000 sqft warehouse and 6 acre beam yard. Our owner’s experience is deeply rooted in the design build industry with over 50 years of experience. We are happy to collaborate to provide you with the right materials for the job.
Is there special attention to detail on where the project is located and how to properly store and acclimate on site?
Wood is like a sponge and will pick up and release moisture throughout its lifetime. The moisture content of the wood needs to be at a certain percentage when it leaves our warehouse depending on where it is being delivered, and where it will be installed (interior vs. exterior). The wood must acclimate in the conditioned space it will be installed if that is inside, and if it is going to be installed outside it is important to not leave it wrapped tightly in plastic.
Are they local?
This is actually not as critical as one would think. Most reputable companies all buy reclaimed wood from around the country in order to choose from the best sources available. So regardless of where the yard is located, every piece of wood being reclaimed in this country is local to America. What is important to consider if you have a larger order is if they have a presence in your area: is there a company representative that travels there regularly, and do they have other projects in that region? For smaller orders, location is typically a non-issue.
Do they have milling and kiln drying capabilities?
Proper milling and kiln drying practices help prevent problems during and after installation.
In general, reclaimed wood is much drier than new wood. Kiln drying is the process of bringing the internal temperature of the wood up and holding it to a particular degree and time period in a kiln. Want to know more about kiln drying? View an article by the U.S. Forest Service here: Dry Kiln Operator’s Manual
Barn Wood does not have standard widths, and has weathered for decades outside, often with little maintenance. In order to get it to a nail ready product, there is a significant amount of milling that needs to be done by craftsman used to working with reclaimed woods.
Will they stand behind their product?
Working with reclaimed wood is different than working with any other product, but the end results can be stunning. Our knowledgeable staff is here to guide you through the whole way, and if something should go wrong, we will be there to help solve problems no questions asked. Detailed sampling and estimating upfront and plenty of follow up is an important part of this business. Check our testimonials rotating at the bottom of this page.
Have they supplied material for other projects of similar scale and scope?
Check the supplier’s references. To avoid expensive and timely mistakes down the road, you want to be sure the company has experience and knows exactly the condition your order must be in when it arrives to the job site. The quality of our materials in a showcase of projects we were privileged to collaborate on speaks for itself, View Our Gallery…
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