Pines are fast-growing trees that produce attractive, lightweight wood, the perfect material for building an affordable wood floor.
Choosing the right wood flooring for your home can make a huge difference to its overall aesthetics. As well as choosing a wood that has the right look, it’s important to think about the room’s purpose and how durable the flooring needs to be.
Pine is a softwood, whereas woods like oak, walnut, hickory and maple are all hardwoods.
Whilst a softwood like pine will still be very long-lasting, it is likely to suffer dents and scratches over time as it doesn’t have the durability of hardwood.
If your floor is going to receive a high amount of traffic, or you’re going to be unhappy with anything less than perfect flooring, then pine may not be the right option for you.
Is pine flooring right for your home?
Here are a few things you may wish to consider when deciding whether pine wood flooring is a suitable option for your home.
- Your room’s décor/colour scheme.
- How ‘perfect’ you want your floor to be.
- The room’s purpose.
- How much traffic the room will receive.
- Your budget.
- Whether you wish to alter the look of the wood.
- Whether you will be happy to refinish the flooring if it gets scratched.
Pros of pine wood flooring
- Attractive, rustic appearance.
- Can be stained, varnished or even painted in your choice of style.
- Does not swell or shrink.
- Softwood is generally cheaper than hardwood.
- Pine is fast-growing, making it more sustainable and environmentally-friendly than hardwood flooring.
Cons of pine wood flooring
- Pine is a softwood, so can show scratches and dents more easily.
- Not as durable as hard wood.
- Finishing pine flooring can be time-consuming.
To lower your carbon footprint, and for wooden floorboards with real history and character, buying reclaimed is an excellent option.