There are so many things to consider when home renovations are on the horizon. Without a doubt, flooring should be a primary consideration since it is the basic foundation throughout your home. One of the most dramatic and visually appealing changes you can make is to install pine wood flooring.
But why pine?
Pine is considered a soft wood, meaning it comes from cone-bearing or pine needle trees. And while hardwoods are top of mind among homeowners, most pine varieties do not fall into that category. Depending on the species, different types of pine vary greatly in their hardness. Knowing exactly what kind of pine is being considered for your specific installation will be key in determining just how fit it is for residential use.
One unique feature of pine, as opposed to many other wood species, is the character it can add to a home. It does not boast the continuous smooth, polished look of many wood floors. It showcases lots of dark knots, pinholes and ridges which all contribute to a dated, almost antique looking floor that’s especially fitting in older homes.
Now that we know a little bit about the basics of pine wood floors, why would a homeowner choose this type of flooring (as opposed to other wood species)?
- Affordability: Pine wood is almost always more cost-effective than hardwoods. This makes a big difference in remodeling your home, where lower material costs might allow you to extend a new pine floor to other rooms in the house you may not have originally considered.
- Durability: Even though it’s primarily a soft wood, pine is durable enough to withstand high traffic areas, such as kitchens and entryways. Even though it’s known for its distressed appearance, pine can be finished with a glossy sealer not only for surface protection, but for a more put together look.
- Variety: Pine woods are usually in the light golden-brown color range, very different from the prominent darker woods we commonly see. But if dark wood is your preference, pine can be custom stained to just about any color you desire.
- Character: Pine has a tendency to darken with age, adding a certain warmth to a home as the floor ages. The aged look is perfect for older homes and historical additions.