Pine Plank Flooring

A guide to Pine plank flooring.

Pine plank flooring has been part of American architecture since the early colonists settled New England. The abundance of Pine trees and the wide, long boards they yielded made Pine flooring the primary choice for houses and other structures throughout the Southeast and Eastern Seaboard. Longleaf Heart Pine flooring was even called “the wood that spawned the American Industrial Revolution.” Today, home and business owners turn to Pine plank flooring when they want a floor that combines rustic charm with stunning elegance.

In this brief guide to Pine plank flooring, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions and details about all the flooring options available from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors.

Customizing your Carlisle Pine plank flooring.

To make every wide plank floor unique, Carlisle offers a number of ways to customize your Pine plank flooring to make it a true reflection of your sense of style and beauty.

Selecting the wood

We offer a number of different kinds of Pine plank flooring, including:

  • Eastern White Pine flooring. This Pine plank flooring option features a smooth grain and beautiful knots with versatile finish capabilities, making it a popular choice for a wide range of interior designs. Eastern White Pine is a durable wood that becomes harder through wear.
  • Heart Pine floors. Hard as oak, with a warm patina and hues that range from pumpkin and amber to darker colors, Heart Pine is a classic Pine plank flooring that is perfectly at home in any setting.
  • Hit or Miss Pine flooring. This Pine plank flooring option is distressed with saw marks, reproducing the appearance of floorboards that were cut at watermills along riverways more than a century ago.
  • Reclaimed Heart Pine flooring. This antique Heart Pine flooring is fashioned from beams and floor joists of old mills and factories around New England that were built during the American Industrial Revolution.

Deciding on width

Pine plank flooring at Carlisle is available in widths from 5″ to 20″. Using consistent widths in the floorboards produces an even and uniform look, while varying the widths can add striking visual appeal.

Choosing a grade

Pine plank flooring at Carlisle is available in several grades. Original Grade boards reveal more of the character of the Pine tree, with more grain, knots and color variation for a more rustic look. Heirloom Grade planks have less variation for a more luxurious and refined look. And Signature Grade floorboards are a nice balance between Heirloom and Original Grade planks.

Settling on color

While it’s not necessary to stain Pine plank flooring, Carlisle offers a virtually unlimited assortment of color possibilities to help you meet your project requirements.

Considering texture

Carlisle craftsman can texture Pine plank flooring to give it an antique appearance. In addition to adding saw marks and hand scraped edges, we offer several proprietary techniques that give floorboards a Timeworn, Footworn and Brushed appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is distressed Pine plank flooring?

Distressed floors, also known as textured floors, are given a variety of treatments to make new boards resemble reclaimed or antique floorboards.

What is reclaimed Pine plank flooring?

Reclaimed or antique floors are made with timbers that are salvaged from old buildings like barns, farmhouses, factories and warehouses before these structures are demolished. The wood in reclaimed Pine plank flooring retains its original character, full of nail holes, wormholes, saw marks, cracks and splits, color variations and other imperfections. Reclaimed floors have a sense of history and heritage that only time can create.

What is prefinished Pine plank flooring?

Prefinished floors are delivered for installation having already been sanded, stained and sealed at the manufacturer’s facility. That means with prefinished Heart Pine flooring, for example, there is no finishing required on-site, enabling homeowners or business owners to avoid the mess of sawdust from sanding and the noxious odors from staining and ceiling. Prefinished Pine plank flooring can also accelerate the installation process, reducing the cost of installing new floors.

Can Pine plank flooring be stained?

Yes. Pine floors can be stained in a wide variety of colors.

How durable is Pine plank flooring?

As a softwood, Pine plank flooring is not as resistant to wear and tear as hardwood floors. Nevertheless, Pine is strong and durable and with proper care can last for generations. It’s not unusual to find homes today with original Pine plank flooring that is more than a century old.

What are the advantages of Pine plank flooring

Customers often choose Pine plank flooring for one of these reasons:

  • Rustic appeal. Pine plank flooring has a rustic charm that adds a sense of heritage and warmth to residential and commercial settings.
  • Authentic appearance. Pine was the only choice for all the Colonial Era homes up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
  • Affordability. Pine plank flooring may be as much as half the cost of hardwood counterparts.

What is wide plank Pine flooring?

Wide plank flooring is made with floorboards that are much wider than narrow boards in traditional commercial flooring, which typically run from 2¼” to 3″ in width. In contrast, a wide plank floor may use floorboards that are anywhere from 5″ to 20″ wide and up to 16′ long. The extra width and length mean there are very few seams between boards, adding a sense of spaciousness to the room and giving the floor a much less busy feel. Wide plank Pine flooring adds a sense of rustic elegance and visual appeal to any room.

What is Pine plank flooring?

Pine plank flooring is a wooden floor surface made with floorboards from Pine trees. Pine plank flooring is considered a softwood floor, rather than a hardwood floor like Oak, Cherry, Maple or Hickory. Consequently, Pine plank flooring may be more easily scratched or dented and may require a bit more care to keep it looking pristine. (Some customers actually prefer the “worn” quality of Pine plank flooring, feeling that the wear and tear add texture to the wood.)

Why Carlisle is your best choice for Pine plank flooring.

For more than half a century, Carlisle has produced wide plank floors for world-class museums, upscale restaurants, trendy boutiques and exceptional homes around the world. Every floor we create is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, handcrafted and painstakingly rendered to reflect the style and aesthetic of the homeowner or business owner who commissions it. Every floor at Carlisle is crafted by New England artisans who live and breathe fine wood and have a passion for perfection. They carefully inspect and work each board to produce a wide plank floor that meets your exact specifications and exceeds your high expectations.

The only thing that matches the quality of our Pine plank flooring is the dedication of our customer service team. From helping you select the right wood, grade, texture and color, you’ll find our team to be exceptionally responsive and incredibly knowledgeable, making the process of creating your wide plank floor truly pleasurable.