Real wood flooring is highly prized by homeowners. Wood floors have a beauty and character that can’t be matched by other materials, and when taken care of, hardwood flooring can last decades or even longer.
Homeowners today have many types of wood flooring to choose from when it comes to finding a floor that’s right for their home. Wide plank flooring choices today not only include common domestic wood species, but exotic woods as well.
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For homeowners who are looking for hardwood flooring with beautiful tones and color that will also have longevity and history, there’s nothing like reclaimed pine. Reclaimed and antique heart pine flooring has a beautiful red-brown finish that truly shines in any interior. Plus, reclaimed wood flooring is salvaged from old barn wood and comes from old growth trees making it more durable than many new wood products. Utilizing these high quality and versatile reclaimed wood floors can give your home an authentic look and history that newly sawn wood floors may be lacking.
Common Types of Pine
Pine wood is typically considered a softwood and is a material of choice for a range of construction projects. Pine trees tend to grow faster than hardwood trees and there are many different types of pine wood. A few types of pine wood are commonly used for many wood products and are well known with homeowners.
Southern Yellow Pine
Many people are familiar with southern yellow pine. It has a number of uses from fencing to wall panels, but most of these applications are made with the sapwood or the outer wood of the tree, and not the heartwood, which is where reclaimed pine comes from.
Southern yellow pine heartwood is one of the strongest of the softwoods, as evidenced by the fact that floors made from this material are still in use more than 100 years later. Reclaimed heartwood pine floors are known for their durability and versatility and are often salvaged from the farmhouses and factories where they were first installed.
The heartwood is a rich, gold and red color with pumpkin and orange undertones. As the grain approaches the sapwood, that’s where the creamier, pink tones of the wood that more people are familiar with emerge.
Reclaimed heartwood has dark growth rings and obvious grain patterns and character. It also has a variety of sizes and styles that allows you to use it in any area of your home and in any style of interior design.
White pine is another common type of pine wood that is native to North America. It is also known as Easter White Pine, Soft Pine, and Northern White Pine. This species of wood is softer than yellow pine and is not ideal for building construction. The workability and color of this wood type makes it great for furniture, handicrafts, and carpentry. White pine has a straight, even grain and varies in color from nearly while to light brown with red undertones. White pine takes stains well and is easily-workable. This wood may be preferred over other wood types because it is resistant to swelling, shrinking, warping and splitting.
Using Reclaimed Pine Wood Floors
Reclaimed pine wood floors have a number of options with shading, width, and finish. Other than the typical flooring characteristics to choose from, reclaimed wood floors also come with unique features such as nail holes, saw marks and checking that showcase the life of the wood. If you’re looking for ways to introduce them into your home, take a look at these 5 design ideas.
1. Warm, Light Kitchen Flooring
This antique-style kitchen needed an antique wood floor that would match the character of the cabinets, while adding some light contrast. The warmth of the reclaimed heart pine flooring contrasts the cooler tones of the cabinets, brightening up the space, while preserving that antique feel.
2. Formal Flooring
Heart pine floors are one of the most instantly recognizable flooring types. That makes it ideal for installing in formal areas where you really want the beauty of the hardwood floor to take center stage. This hardwood floor has an elegant finish and a subtle sheen, which allows it to complement its surroundings. Used in an area with a lot of natural light, like this landing, pine can really show off its depth of color.
3. Prominent Grain
When stained so that the tight grain begins to take focus, heart pine takes on a lot of character and interest. This antique heart pine floor has a finish that focuses on the distress and movement of the wood, letting it stand out even in a room filled with other antiqued woods. The weathered finish on this hardwood flooring still complements the rest of its surroundings, so there’s no sense of disharmony in the interior design.
4. Rich Variation
While pine does have a naturally warm, red finish, it can also take on different hues and patina as well. This wide plank flooring has been given a slightly cooler finish, which contrasts with the natural warm tones peeking through. This gives the reclaimed wood floor a vibrancy that adds instant interest and appeal. Hardwood flooring with this kind of variation can be paired with a wider range of wall and accent colors, giving you maximum choice for how you’ll finish the design.
5. Antique Complement
If you have a home with a rustic, farmhouse, or cottage vibe, then an antique heart pine floor is an ideal choice. With its natural patina and color complementing the other wood in the room, this floor looks as though it’s already been installed in this room for 100 years. Installing a floor with this kind of authenticity can elevate your already rustic interior design to new heights.
Get the Ideal Warm Flooring with Reclaimed Pine
Heart pine has been a popular hardwood flooring material for hundreds of years, and with good reason. This durable, versatile flooring can work in nearly any setting — from formal to rustic. And when you choose reclaimed wood from turn of the century buildings, you also get its history, character, and interest. Be sure to check out the selection at Elmwood Reclaimed Timber to see if reclaimed pine will be right for your next project.