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North American hardwood flooring options: southern yellow pine

Posted on March 9th, 2012 In: Floor Sanding Services News, News

There are a great many species of tree that are appropriate for use in a hardwood flooring application. One of the most common is red oak. Choosing southern yellow pine instead will save most consumers a little bit of money since it is slightly more affordable, but, of course, cost should not be the only consideration. Southern yellow pine is a very different wood from red oak in several respects.

The heartwood of southern yellow pine has a light tinge of either yellow or orange, though some plans will show darker shading and may be either yellowish-brown or reddish-brown in colour. In contrast, the sapwood can have a yellowish white or tan appearance. The grain of southern yellow pine tends to be very close with clear patterns and frequent knotty areas. When it comes to southern yellow pine, old growth wood is greatly preferred for its density and stability. Southern yellow pine can sometimes be found in “distressed” varieties that already look antique.

Pine is generally considered to be one of the softer hardwoods, and southern yellow pine certainly matches this description. It has a Janka rating of about 690, which makes it almost half as soft as many varieties of red oak. Pine floors may become dented or abraded over time, but this is easily remedied by ringing up a floor sanding West London firm for an evaluation and an estimate. Like all wood floors, those made of southern yellow pine can be sanded and refinished so that they look like new.

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