Installing Pine Flooring

Installing pine flooring encompasses a host of benefits. It’s easier to put in than hardwood floors; the older it gets, the better it looks; and maybe best of all, it only costs around five dollars or less per square foot to have a great-looking floor!

There are many types of pine lumber-

  • Eastern White
  • Jack
  • Lodgepole
  • Ponderosa
  • Red
  • Western White

The specific variety of pine which will be on hand at your local lumber yard will depend on what area of the country you are in, so don't get too picky.  

Give yourself two full weekends, at the least, for installing pine flooring in your home. This type of flooring with its unique characteristics doesn’t take an expert woodworker to install, but you will need to give the prospect of installing pine flooring some thought and planning before you begin.

Your biggest obstacle will be humidity, which can warp and distort your flooboards size and shape. Be sure to wait until after all the wet jobs are finished if you are remodeling or building multiple rooms, before bringing any pine flooring into the house. Don't open the floorboards packaging until you are ready to install. 

Before you get down to the nuts and bolts of installing pine flooring, consider your wood. Look for planks with tight knots that lend distinctive character and ambiance to your rooms’ floors. You also want to be on the lookout for old-growth pine – pine that shows a higher density than that of new-growth pine. The grain will be tighter than on new wood and the color darker.

Whenever possible, buy “heart” pine when installing pine. This wood comes from the center of the tree and is stronger, darker in color, and overall better quality wood than that coming from the outside layers of the pine tree. Try to work with wood (it should be labeled as such) consisting of 75 percent to 80 percent heart wood when installing pine flooring.

And finally, when installing pine flooring, let go of more money and get wood that doesn’t require sanding. Ask your supplier specifically for this type wood that’s finer milled and readily accepts stain and/or oil (another way to finish pine). By paying a little more, you’ll avoid the dust, extra work, and the cost of renting equipment necessary for sanding cheaper pine wood used for flooring.

 Take your time when installing pine flooring. The care with which you install your floors always pays off in the end. You’ll be rewarded with floors full of character that show off your home in the very best light. Resist the urge to take shortcuts and installing pine flooring will be one of your proudest home-improvement achievements yet!

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