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8 Issues with Reclaimed Barn Wood

Northern Log Supply’s barn wood siding has the rustic look without the worries of reclaimed barn wood.

Reclaimed barn wood offers a weathered look that can instantly give a home a rustic, vintage vibe. However, homeowners and contractors alike run a few risks when purchasing reclaimed barn wood. Understand the risks associated with reclaimed wood and how you can achieve the weathered look of barn wood without the worry.

Reclaimed Barn Wood Risks

Sure, it looks good, but between crooked boards and insect invasions, reclaimed barn wood can present some ugly issues. Here are eight issues you’ll face with reclaimed barn wood.

Dirt and dust

You love the look of weathered barn wood because it shows signs of decades of use. You know what else it shows? Dirt and dust—two things you’d rather not bring inside.

Mold and mildew

Reclaimed wood has likely been exposed to excessive moisture over the years, resulting in mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can lead to serious respiratory problems, especially in children, the elderly, and those who suffer from asthma.

Cupping and warping

Speaking of moisture, reclaimed wood can be susceptible to curling. The wood can either curl upward from the middle (cupping) or curl up from the ends (wrapping). Curling is extremely hard to fix, which is why many are left with the high cost of replacing the wood altogether.

Nails and staples

Nails, metal pegs, staples—reclaimed wood often contains sharp objects that can scrape and cut your hands. You can also be put at risk for tetanus if they’re rusty. These metal objects can be even more dangerous if you hit them with a power saw.


While less serious than an old nail, wood splinters are still painful to deal with. Reclaimed wood usually doesn’t come sanded, so it’s important to be careful when handling.

Lead paint

How old is your reclaimed wood? If paint was applied before 1978, it may contain lead. Lead paint can cause serious health problems like kidney and brain damage when inhaled or ingested.


While termites and other wood-eating pests aren’t harmful to humans, they can do a great deal of damage to your reclaimed wood. Bringing them into your home can even cause them to spread and damage other wooden items in your home.

Crooked boards

Reclaimed wood isn’t always cut evenly, making it impossible to line up boards. It can be hard to achieve the look you want when you have to cover up gaps and holes.

Barn Wood Without the Worry

Love the rustic look of weathered barn wood, but without the dirt, curling, and insect invasions? You shouldn’t have to choose between functionality and appearance. Northern Log Supply’s barn wood siding is worry-free. Harvested from the woods of Michigan, we hand-craft antiqued, distressed barn siding with the same look of reclaimed wood. However, our barn wood siding comes with a few modern conveniences. We offer tongue and groove matching for nickel gap or flat back for center matching. End matching is also available to make installation a breeze. Want to prevent bugs? Regardless of where you live in the USA, our insect repellent wood treatments are custom-made to prevent bugs in your location. Choose from a variety of styles, including weathered or circle-sawn, and shiplap or nickel gap. A variety of pre-finish wood stains are available, but if you have a specific look in mind, we can custom match colors. Finish the look with rusted steel, hardware, or a classic barn wood door. For worry-free wood, check out all of the barn wood siding options available at Northern Log Supply. Contact us today to help you with nearly any look you’re trying to achieve.