Barn Wood

We dismantle barns & make the wood available for new use.

Beams, joists, siding, flooring and other building parts from barns and old commercial buildings offer a uniquely decorative aspect to any building project. This material has an appearance and quality that simply can’t be faked.

Siding and sheathing varies widely in appearance, from light gray (“Silverboard”) through darker grays, many shades of brown and the occasional lot with paint, usually red and usually heavily weathered. Sheathing that has been inside the barn for decades has its own particular character, not weathered but aged.

Thicker material, posts, joists and beams, can be both softwood and hardwood and is either hand-hewn, showing the axe marks, or sawn.

How To Buy Barn Wood

We have a wide variety of barn wood available, constantly changing as we dismantle barns and sell the wood. Specific product availability depends on what we have sourced and brought to our yard.

Come See Us or Give Us A Call

If you’re local to WNY, the best way to buy barn wood from us is to come to our yard, take a close look at the variety available and choose the best material for your project.

If you’re not close by, give us a call or an email and we’ll figure out how to get you what you need. We’ve done this many times for customers all over the US and Canada.

How We Determine Price

Thinner material, under 1½ inches, siding and interior sheathing or paneling, is sold by the square foot, 12 x 12 inches. Currently (September 2017), we charge $4/square foot for this material. If the board is 13 or more inches wide, we charge $5/sf.

Thicker material, from flooring through posts and joists to full-size beams, is sold by the board foot. A board foot is a volume measurement equal to a piece of wood 1" x 12" x 12", or 144 cubic inches. Price varies depending on the material, from $2/bf up to and beyond $5/bf; most material of this type is in the $2.50 to $4 range.

Pricing Example

An example of pricing is a hand-hewn beam, 6 x 6 inches, 6 feet long. This is a common size when a customer wants to make a fireplace mantel.

  • Hand-hewn pine and hemlock costs $2.50/board foot.
  • To make pricing easier to grasp, and because our customers usually want a particular length of board, we convert the board foot cost to a linear foot cost.
  • Each linear foot of our beam contains 6 x 6 x 12 inches, or 432 cubic inches.
  • A board foot is 144 cubic inches, so 432 divided by 144 equals 3 board feet.
  • Each linear foot contains three board feet, so 3 times $2.50 equals $7.50, the price per linear foot.
  • $7.50 times 6 feet = $45, the final cost for the 6" x 6" x 6' beam.

Do It Yourself or Have Us Do It

If you’re not interested as much in the raw material as in the end result, we can fabricate items for you from our stock. Check out “Value Added Products” for more information on our fabrication services.

Buy A Whole Barn!

From time to time, we dismantle a barn with a particularly nice frame. If a barn frame is sound and can be disassembled without excessive damage, we do that and offer the frame itself as a whole kit for rebuilding. See this page for complete information on building kits.

We sell this material to the public at the ReUse Action store:

980 Northampton St., Buffalo, NY 14211 (map)
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm, closed Monday through Friday.
Phone: 716-894-3366
Email: sales {at} reuseaction(.)com or use our Contact Page
View our current Craigslist ads here.
We accept cash, checks and all credit cards.

For wholesale purchases, meaning large/truckload quantities, contact us at sales@reuseaction.com.
We're always looking for good reusable material - go to this page for details.

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