The next time you want to get new hardwood flooring installed, you should consider the type of wood you want in it. Perhaps you thought that beech wasn’t for you, but what if pine is? Here is some more information about pine as the primary material used in your beautiful new hardwood flooring.
The Pine Tree
Pine is a relatively affordable type of wood. Although it may surprise you, it technically isn’t an actual form of hardwood. However, several types of pine have proven to be just as resilient as true hardwood is. You will find pine trees in some form all over the northern hemisphere of the planet. When you think of a pine tree, though, you’re probably thinking of southern yellow pine. Pines trees can live for astonishingly long times from 100 years to over 1,000. A Bristlecone pine called Methuselah has been around for more than 4,600 years!
Southern Yellow Pine
The southern yellow pine, is as its name implies, yellow. It will be light yellow at heart and a pale yellow when you examine the sapwood. Unfortunately, southern yellow pine wood used for flooring isn’t as hard as red oak hardwood flooring is. That said, it is more stable than red oak and consequently, is still appropriate for areas where you can expect mild wear and tear – the dining room, just not the kitchen.
Heart pine comes from the heart of the pine tree. It’s much darker and will feature sap stains. Although it is yellow when it is first cut, given enough time, it will start to turn red. The grains of heart pine feature swirls and banding effects, which make them even more eye-catching. Whether you have a home that is decades old, or you are thinking about building a new custom home, you can consider this type of wood for the floors. It feels warm and is an elegant touch that engineered wood might not be able to offer. If you love hardwood floors, then pine might be right wood for you.
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When you work with John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come. From a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also look for us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.