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Barnwood Install and Refinish at One Hampton Lake

This fun hardwood floor installation and refinishing project was in the Sales and Leasing Center for a new residential community in Bluffton SC, (20 minutes from Hilton Head Island) called One Hampton Lake.

This is our signature floor here at Specialty Hardwoods. Reclaimed barn wood with a mix of red and white oak. In the first photo you can see the finished result. I’ll explain the process of how we source, install and sand and refinish these unique wood floors below…

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These floors are very special and there’s a lot that goes into them. The recycled wood is collected from old barns that have been torn down. They’re sourced from Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and numerous other states with an abundance of dilapidated barns and farm houses.

Most of the buildings are more than 100 years old and are in bad, dangerous condition and need to be disassembled and removed for safety reasons. That wood is bought by mills that clean them up, re-purpose it for flooring and sell it on to specialty floor companies like ours. It's one of the most unique floor coverings available.

There are a couple of different types of flooring made from this recycled bard wood. One is solid ¾” flooring. You can see a project we installed and refinished with this type of flooring here.

The second type of wood flooring from this reclaimed barn wood is engineered flooring. That’s the type of flooring we used for this Bluffton project.

We love this wood floor type because it allows for the limited source of barn wood to go further. Unlike the solid reclaimed floors that have a full ¾ inch of solid wood, these engineered floors have a 4mm wear layer. That means they can get 3 to 4 times the amount of flooring out of the same old barn wood beam. But they can also be sanded 3 to 5 times over the life of the floor, just like solid flooring. So the wear life is almost the same.

We have a lot more information about solid wood and engineered flooring you can read about on our installation page. But basically, these engineered floors have a LOT of advantages vs solid wood flooring. Especially on concrete installs like this project…

sub-floor preparation Bluffton SC

Above you can see what we started with. This concrete slab was quite uneven. We had to fill in many low spots and bring in our concrete grinders to level off the high spots. These floors need a very flat sub-floor as they will be glued to the slab.

Below you can see a small section of the wood acclimating before installation. We allow around 2 weeks for the flooring to acclimate to the rooms and building it will be installed in. While it requires patience, this procedure stops all sorts of issues down the road.

acclimating before hardwood floor installation

Below we are well into the install. One of the steps you don’t see is the moisture barrier that is applied as a primer before the floor is laid. This seals the floor and prevents moisture issues from the concrete slab.

Once the moisture barrier is cured we begin the glue down install. If you look closely, you can see the adhesive being trowelled on in the background of the photo below…

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Here, most of the installation has been completed…

Sanding and refinishing reclaimed barnwood floor covering

Another pic of the same room fully installed from the opposite view…

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Here’s a closer detailed shot of the newly installed, un-sanded floor and the detail around the fireplace hearth…

Bluffton hardwood floor installation

The photo below is after the first cut with the belt sander…

Hilton Head floor sanding

With these reclaimed barn wood floors (currently available in oak and heart pine), you have full control over how rustic or refined they look. The unfinished flooring comes with a LOT of character as you can see in the photos above. Original saw blade markings, nail holes, knots, a minimum of 100+ years of exposure to the elements and lots of other character and patina markings make these floors very unique.

Some of our clients love the full rustic look and ask us to remove as little of the original patina, markings and character as possible. Other want a little less character and ask us to sand them a bit more. This client opted for the later as you can see in the photo below…

floor sanding and refinishing Bluffton SC

Once the various stages of sanding where complete, the finish coats started to be applied. No stain was used on this floor. It had plenty of color and depth without it. You can see the second coat of finish drying in the photo below…

coating barnwood floors in Hilton Head Island

And here is the finished result…

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We really enjoyed working on this floor in Bluffton South Carolina. As it’s our signature floor we have installed and refinished quite a lot of them, but it’s nice to do one in such a large open setting like this.

The finish we used is from a German floor finish company called Loba. First we applied a sealer and then we applied 2 coats of a two-component water based finish called Loba Supra. It’s a very durable finish and will make these floors last a long time. They’ll need it too with all the traffic they’ll be getting. You can see the website of One Hampton Lake here: http://www.onehamptonlake.com/one-hampton-lake-bluffton-sc

If you like the look of these recycled barnwood floors and have a home or business in Bluffton SC, Beaufort SC, Okatie SC, Hilton Head Island SC or the surrounding Low Country area, give us a call or request a quote. We’d be happy to show you some samples in your own home setting. Or feel free to stop by our showroom in Ridgeland SC and we can discuss your flooring project over a coffee.

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Kevin and his staff are extremely helpful and professional. Went out of their way to make sure our ordering and install went smoothly. They have the best flooring selection on hand, which is really nice as seeing this type of thing in person is necessary! Highly recommend. Laura Stevens Vernon – Beaufort SC | 5 Star Review on Facebook
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