When it comes to flooring, there are many options, but none compare to the classic appeal of hardwood flooring. Homeowners love the natural look and feel of a quality hardwood floor in their home, but many are afraid of high prices of imported hardwoods and durability of softwoods. The quality, great price, and versatility of a pine hardwood floor is a great option for homeowners in Concord. The experts at Floor Coverings International Concord, MA have all you need to know about pine hardwood.
Pine hardwood flooring is a domestic hardwood. For flooring applications, the most common Pine varieties are Eastern White Pine, and Southern Yellow Pine (loblolly, shortleaf, and longleaf).
Pine is a softer hardwood, but it is exceptionally durable. Most flooring used in early Colonial homes were composed of Pine, and these antique planks are now prized for their toughness, as its hardness increases with use. Heartwood Pine comes from the center of the tree and is commonly used in applications where insect and rot resistance is prized.
Here is how Pine species test according to the Janka Hardness Scale, which measures wood resistance to denting force. For reference, Red Oak measures 1290 on their scale, while Balsa wood measures a mere 70. These measurements are typical values.
Eastern White Pine: 420
Southern Yellow Pine: Loblolly and shortleaf 690; Longleaf 870
Where to Install Pine Flooring
Because of its durability, Pine hardwood floors can be installed all over the house. Pine hardwood looks great and performs well in both dining and living areas, and especially in entryways and halls where accent rungs can offer protection from everyday use.
How to Care for your Pine Hardwood Floor
As with any hardwood flooring, Pine hardwood flooring requires care to preserve a pristine appearance. Pine doesn’t typically shrink or swell, but in humid climates, a polyurethane coating will protect the floor from water-related stress. By sweeping regularly and using detergents sparingly, your Pine floor will age with grace.
Pine hardwood flooring is a versatile material that offers the affordability of softwoods, and the durability of more expensive foreign hardwoods. As a fast-growing domestic material, Pine is an environmentally sustainable flooring material, and it easily accepts stains and finishes.
For homeowners in Concord, MA, Pine hardwood flooring is a great option for your home renovation or construction. Why not get started today? Contact your friendly local experts at Floor Coverings International Concord, MA to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve the greater Woburn, Lexington, Chelmsford area.
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