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Lititz, PA 17543

Answers to your most frequently asked questions.

Here at Sylvan Brandt we don't offer perfection, but rather the beauty of imperfection. With careful inspection and quality control, we produce the best boards and flooring that antique, salvage wood has to offer. In order to cut down on waste, as well as to keep our prices as low as possible, you may find that we do not offer some of the options that you may find elsewhere. We value the natural beauty of the beams and boards we use, and our flooring graces hundreds of well appointed homes nationwide.

Below is a list of FAQs. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please feel free to call or email us and we'll be happy to help.

What are your business hours?

Our mill, showroom and Antiques Loft are open Monday through Friday, 8 am until 4 pm.


Can you suggest someone to do the installation?

Yes! Click on the link on the left side of this page to learn more about Todd Auker Construction. There are also a few other links listed to the left. These are great vendors that we at Sylvan Brandt highly recommend. Take a look!


How should the Reclaimed and/or Weatherboard Flooring be finished?

Weatherboard or Reclaimed Attic Flooring Installation

Both our Weatherboard and Reclaimed Attic flooring have untouched, original surfaces. Therefore, when installed it should be sanded very lightly with a vibrating or hand sander using a fine-grit sand paper. Sand the surface just enough to remove any splinters or dirt that may still be on the boards. When sanding is complete, we suggest three coats of clear satin Polyurethane (oil based) buffing the floor between each coat, for beauty and maximum durability.

If your Weatherboard Flooring has been touch planed, follow the instructions above, however you may choose to use a stain before the polyurethane.

The above instructions are simply suggestions for installing your Sylvan Brandt floor. Feel free to experiment with your flooring installer to find a finish that best suits you. Note that if you use a drum sander on Weatherboard or Reclaimed flooring, it will strip the patina off of the boards.

Feel free to contact us with any other questions.


How should the Resawn Flooring be finished?

Resawn Antique Flooring Installation

Our Resawn Antique flooring is milled from antique beams so each board has been planed on both sides. These floors are to be installed similarly to many other hard wood floors. They will need sanded with a drum sander, stained based on personal preferences, and then sealed with three coats of clear satin Polyurethane (oil based) buffing the floor between each coat.

The above instructions are simply suggestions for installing your Sylvan Brandt floor. Feel free to experiment with your flooring installer to find a finish that best suits you.


What is face nailing and should we use it?

Face Nailing Information

For boards that are 5" or narrower there is no need to face nail if you don't want to. Tongue nailing the boards while installing them is sufficient. For boards 6" AND wider, you want to either glue the boards, screw them or face nail.

Here at Sylvan Brandt we think face nailing is a beautiful, authentic look for your antique flooring and provides added stability to the wider width boards. We have beautiful reproduction nails available made by Tremont Nails, or square cut masonary nails work wonderfully and can be found at most hardware stores. Please contact us for more information about Tremont Nails.

Face nailing is best applied by creating a nail pattern 16-32" apart on top of the sub-floor. All flooring boards should start and end on the nail lines to firmly secure the ends of the boards. It is also best to pre-drill the nail holes. Feel free to call for more detailed instructions.


Can I get all one width? All one length?

In most cases, all of our floors are random width. We produce flooring from antique beams and boards and because of our quality control, it is difficult to produce boards that are all the same width or length. At times we are able to accomodate customers who are looking for a narrow, one-width floor. This depends on the type of flooring you are interested in.


Is all of your material reclaimed?

We take pride in selecting the finest, reclaimed material available to make flooring. All material used is salvaged, reclaimed lumber that was cut and used as building material at least one hundred years ago and is now available to be rescued from demolition and recycled for use today.

Fresh cut or recently cut tree wood is not used in any of our products nor is it purchased from our vendors. Not only do we offer 100% recycled, eco-friendly material, but the beauty and stability of antique wood material cannot be found in today's fresh cut lumber.

Please feel free to contact us with any other questions or concerns.


Do you grade your floors?

Here at Sylvan Brandt we do not grade our floors. We like to simplify the buying process for our customers. Many companies tend to grade their floors differently and therefore price differently. We sell high quality flooring and we have pictures and samples so that you know exactly what your flooring will look like once it is installed.


Are the boards all the same color?

The beauty of our antique flooring is in the varying tones and shades that the natural aging process has produced. We guarantee that each floor will be cohesively beautiful and showcase everything nature has to offer.

If you want your floor to have a more consistent color, simply choose a darker stain during the finishing process.


Do you make quarter sawn flooring?

We will make quarter sawn flooring in Antique Heart Pine only, in narrow widths.


Do you kiln dry your flooring?

When barnwood is brought to our mill it is typically 12-16% moisture content. After sawing, the wood is placed in a drying room from 1-3 weeks until it is down to 8-10%.


Is your flooring end matched?

We produce our floors to be installed as they were in the 1800's - with face nails. End matching requires that the boards be shorter which decreases the athstetic value. Face nailing assures the same stability of end matching and also provides a beautiful, historic quality.


Does your flooring have stress relief on the back of the boards?

We sell only antique, salvage material which is extremely stable, acclimated and dry. New tree wood requires stress relief because it is very unstable and may shrink and warp when it begins to dry out. Stress relief is simply unnecessary for our material.


What is your return policy?

Returns will be determined on an individual basis. Where applicable, returns on materials purchased from Sylvan Brandt LLC must be made within 30 days of the original delivery. All returns are subject to a restocking fee of 25 percent. All return shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer. No returns will be accepted after 30 days. We will credit you in the same manner as your original payment within 7 days of receiving the returned item. Ship authorized returns to the following address:

756 Rothsville Road Lititz, PA 17543

For questions regarding our return policy please contact us at or 717-626-4520.


Do you ship your flooring?

Yes! We ship our flooring all over the country (and internationally too!) using the best possible estimate from several different, reliable common carriers. Please call or email for a quote!