Unfinished Solid Pine Flooring
Though pine flooring is common to see in many homes, there is nothing common about the warmth and feel it gives to a home or office. The affordability and matchless, mellow glow of pine is growing in popularity everywhere. It lends itself well to a country décor, and looks just as perfect in an elegant setting. It distresses well, and it is fairly durable, being easily refinished to replenish its former radiance. Most people, however, prefer its timeworn look, as it stands up to foot traffic well and only gets lovelier over time.
There are many types of pines to choose for pine flooring. One pine in particular, Red Pine, even stands out as being a little harder and more durable than some hardwoods (although technically it is a softwood), maintaining a lovely pine look for any budget. Letĺs take a look at some of the features of three different types of pine floors.
Red Pine Flooring
Harder than most other pines, red pine flooring offers a straight-grain, and is more prevalent in Canada and the northeastern States. Most of the telephone poles in Michigan and surrounding states are made from red pine, as it is highly durable when used as structural building material. Red pine is also used in the construction of log cabins. Its color ranges from a light tan to a dark reddish brown, and it finishes well. It is an excellent choice for pine flooring because of its straight, tight grain, and characteristic whorls and knots.
Southern Yellow Pine Flooring
Southern Yellow Pine flooring is simply stunning. Its color ranges from light tan to a light reddish brown. It comes from the south-eastern U.S. and is prolific in growth. It is also the most commonly found of the pine floors. This pine lends itself well to construction of flooring because it does not split easily and holds nails well, preventing injuries. It has wonderful stability, and its texture can be found from wavy to knotty. Care for this wood is as simple as sweeping or vacuuming regularly.
Eastern White Pine Flooring
The softest of these three pines, Eastern White Pine Flooring still lends itself to beauty. It is very easily dented, so is best used for where a country or rustic feel is desired. More often used for cabinetry, wainscoting, paneling, and siding, white pine ranges in color from pale yellow to light brown. It takes finishes well, and attains a beautiful inner glow over time. Eastern White Pine flooring can be a beautiful, delicate looking pine floor.
Why Choose Pine Flooring
Pine floors are not only an affordable option, but they also get more beautiful with time, as they are naturally worn by day to day activities. Since softwoods grow more quickly than hardwoods, softwoods are an economic, ecologically sound choice. More visual interest can be made by mixing different plank sizes, known as Random Width Flooring. Because of the pine tree's quick growing nature, it is easier to obtain very wide pine flooring planks, even as wide as 15 to 20 inches, and even wider! Pines are knotty or have whorls that are never just the same, making every pine flooring plank unigue.
Check out our selection of pine flooring products, which include varieties of Eastern White Pine Flooring, Red Pine Flooring, and Southern Yellow Pine Flooring.