Pine is a classic hardwood, chosen for its durability, affordability, and warm welcoming appearance. Pine flooring can withstand decades of use and add a natural look to your home, while still being easy on your wallet and the environment.
Pine Flooring is Pleasing to the Eye
Ranging in color from almost white to deep browns and reds, pine wood can be finished in nearly any shade to fit the color scheme of your home. You can top the wood with a stain and urethane to finish the flooring, or use tung oil alone to give the flooring a more traditional warm and inviting look.
Pine wood also often features a prominent grain, pin holes, and knots which will add character and a natural rustic look to the room.
How Durable is Pine Flooring?
Pine wood offers a high level of durability and will last decades if properly maintained. Since pine is a softer wood, it will acquire dings, dents, and scratches easier than other harder flooring options. Because of this, pine flooring may not be a great fit for areas with a lot of heavy foot traffic.
Periodically refinishing your pine flooring is the best way to ensure that it will last a lifetime.
How often you’ll need to refinish your pine floors all just depends on how much use the flooring gets. For example, in a home with several kids and pets running around, it is a good idea to refinish pine floors every 8 to 10 years. However, in a home with one or two adults, you may only have to do so every 15 to 20 years.
With some general care and maintenance, you can easily make pine flooring durable enough to last a lifetime, and still maintain its beauty. In fact, there are homes in the U.S. that still feature their original pine wood floors from more than three centuries ago!
Are Pine floors environmentally sustainable?
Being a softwood, pine grows much faster than other hardwoods typically used for flooring, like oak or hickory. This means that the pine forests can be replenished much easier and faster.
You can even look into using reclaimed pine flooring from older homes or buildings. By doing this, you are saving the wood from destruction or being sent to landfills, and relieving pressure on forests to quickly generate more trees.