Hardwood Flooring Options: Norfolk Island Pine
Norfolk Island pine is a popular hardwood flooring choice that goes by other names such as Cooks pine, pin colonnaire, and sapin de montagne. The botanical name of the tree that produces this wood is Araucaria cookii. Although frequently used in flooring applications, Norfolk Island pine is also popular for boat building, cask construction and basket making. Its name makes it sound rather British in origin, but in actual fact the Norfolk Island pine grows predominantly in areas of Oceania, Africa and Southeast Asia. Its British-sounding name merely reflects the dominance of British interests in these areas during the ages of colonisation and imperialism.
Today, much of the stock of Norfolk Island pine planks used for flooring originates specifically in South Africa, in the U.S. state of Hawaii and on New Caledonia Island, a French possession in Oceania. It is believed that the species is native only to the last location, but has been successfully transplanted to the others.
Mature trees of this species grow to be as wide as 20 inches across the trunk and feature sapwood and heartwood that are very close to one another in appearance, though the sapwood is marginally lighter. The heartwood exhibits a light brown colour and often features knots that are spaced fairly evenly. The knots tend to be a darker brown but may even be a blackish hue.
Like any hardwood floor, those made of Norfolk Island pine will need periodic floor sanding and finishing. One of the best ways to renovate a hardwood floor is to hire a wood floor sanding London company.