The Enduring Beauty of “Soft” Eastern White Pine
You absolutely love the pumpkin-colored appearance of Old Growth Eastern White Pine flooring. You’re sold on the antique look of the wide planks. You are happily anticipating the mellowing patina of the Pine’s color as the years go by.
But you have concerns about the “softer side” of installing a Pine floor:
- Will it hold up to the daily rigors of your toddler and 6-year-old’s playtime?
- What will happen to your Pine floor after several months of living under your 80-pound golden retriever?
- How will it look after many years of muddy shoes, dropped forks and knives, furniture moving, and general everyday use?
Old Growth Eastern White Pine isn’t the hardest wood used in Carlisle flooring, but it is certainly the most original and authentic wood used to craft traditional wide plank floors.It is the wood that is most cherished among homeowners seeking an antique look. If you are looking for a perfectly flawless floor year in and year out, you might want to go with a harder wood. But Old Growth Eastern White Pine flooring is for you if you value the traditions of the past, including your family’s own history told in the endearing “dings and dents” this Pine floor acquires over the years.
On the other hand, our Old Growth Eastern White Pine is harder than you might think. Each of our floors is made from Old Growth timber that is 100 or more years old and has been sawn from the center of the tree (the most dense part). It is then slowly air- and kiln-dried, which makes it extremely rugged and durable. Because Old Growth Eastern White Pine is such a resilient wood, it stands up to the expansion and contraction that comes with the changing seasons. This ability to adapt to change is one of the things that makes our Pine a durable, long-lasting floor.
While you can sand the floor again after several years to remove signs of wear, we’ve found our clients just touch up the floor with Tung Oil after about five years. For more information, or questions about our wide plank Eastern White Pine flooring, contact us today.