Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Weathered Wood Siding (Barn Wood Siding)

Every bit as green as reclaimed, our Engleman Spruce-Lodgepole Pine material is harvested from the beetle kill forests of Colorado. The experts say that there is no possible way we can use all of this material before it deteriorates or creates catastrophic fires. 1.5 million acres of trees have now been destroyed. The best thing we can do is harvest and utilize the material as quickly as possible. If you live in Colorado, you even get a tax credit under the Colorado Blue Program for using the product on your project. The blue staining in the wood is completely invisible after finishing so there is no compromise in quality.

Harvest Timber Co. is now offering Weathered Wood Siding (Barn Wood Siding) as a prefinished alternative to reclaimed barn wood. We wire brush the material to age the surface and then use a two step finish to provide a unique grayed out look. Our Prairie color seems to be the color of choice for most, but we offer 6 different colors ranging from dull browns, grays and a classic barn red-grayed to perfection. Click here to see our colors.

Our weathered wood siding is being used in both interior and exterior applications. Pretty much any siding pattern and lumber size can be finished with this process so whether you're looking for timber siding, lap siding, trim, paneling, ceiling planks, posts and beams, or you name it... we can probably do it (siding patterns in 1x2 thru 1x12, 2x2 through 2x12 and squares from 3x4 through 12x12.

The finish is made by Olympic (PPG) and is currently holding up in our accelerated testing to 12 years of exterior weather with minimal fading so right now we're offering a 12 year finish warranty, but we're expecting this number to increase as the tests continue. These are low to zero VOC premium residential finishes that meet or exceed LEED and NAHB Green requirements.

Custom species are available: SPF, Cedar, Aspen, Fir.

Barn Wood is growing in popularity and Harvest Timber's Weathered Wood Siding is a cost effective way to achieve the look without compromising the ecological benefits. Costs should average less than half of the cost of reclaimed. They don't have to be denailed, sanded or finished on site so labor savings is another important consideration.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Why Blog?

One of the biggest obstacles we face as a company is customer awareness. We often find ourselves almost giddy over the uniqueness of a new distressed floor, or an idea we have for an architectural knee brace, or progress we've made toward our new engineered reclaimed flooring line, or a specialty supplier we've found for clear, old growth cedar and we just don't know how to get the word out. Yes, we have a web site. Yes, we do monthly e-newsletters. Yes, we can email our database of customers. But, there's only so much you can communicate effectively through these tools without overwhelming the viewer. Harvest Timber Co. sells specialty wood products to dealers, builders and homeowners. To do this, we carefully build relationships and price levels that compliment each customer adding value in many ways with the goal of an enjoyable buying experience and ultimately an inspiring finished product. So, Why Blog?

1. To build a more personal level of consistent communication with you.

2. To increase search-ability on the Internet adding legitimacy to our online presence.

3. To quickly and easily inform customers of exciting updates.

4. To push ourselves into the technology driven world we live in. Web 2.0, here we come. (Oh, wait that's so last year.)

Tell us about your experiences. Are there things we can do to make this Blog more effective or useful? Check in on us from time to time. I promise to post lots of pictures and keep it interesting (if you're into wood anyway).