Humans have been using pine for their wood flooring for over 200 years. While not technically a “hardwood”, pine’s durability for flooring has been proven many times over, and some varieties can be nearly as hard as some of the softer hardwood species. Since pine is plentiful here in the United States, it makes a great economical option for homeowners who want wood flooring on a budget!
Pine trees grow naturally across the entire Northern Hemisphere. Their appearance often makes onlookers think of the winter holidays. They are tall and slender with pine cones and fragrant needles. Pines are great to harvest for wood flooring because they tend to grow much faster than a lot of other species. Along with growing quickly, pines can last a great many years. There’s a bristlecone pine known as “Methuselah” that is estimated to be more than 4,500 years old, which would make it the oldest organism on Earth!
Wood Flooring Applications
There are many different types of pine trees out there, but there are two main types used for flooring: the Southern Yellow Pine and the Heart Pine.
- Southern Yellow Pine: Southern yellow pine is versatile and can be used with a wide range of design choices. It comes in shades from light yellow to light beige and can have a sophisticated uniform look or knotty, rustic look depending on the cut. It is well-suited to areas that see a moderate amount of activity.
- Heart Pine: Heart pine is usually darker in color than yellow pine and often comes with dark streaks through it. Over time, heart pine’s yellowish shading will age to warmer and darker red shades.
Hardwood Flooring Installation and Maintenance from Jason Brown Wood Floors
At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving clients in Harford, Baltimore, Cecil, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties and surrounding areas for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.