I’ve always loved wood flooring. Personally, there is nothing like walking into a house where the wood flooring is suitably selected to bring out the colors of the home. One of my guilty pleasures is honestly walking around the house barefoot. The finish that a wood flooring gives is unbeatable.
However, we’ve come to a point where buyers and home-owners have so many options and flooring trends these days, that to choose a flooring has become a nightmare, to say the least. If you’re already aware of the multiple possibilities between hardwood and softwood flooring, I’m sure you’ve let out a sob every now and then.
The market is filled with hardwood floors and nobody will advise you to install a softwood floor. Nonetheless, softwood has been in growing popularity, especially Pine and that is exactly what I will talk about in this article.
Pinewood flooring has gained popularity in the market. The reason why the pine has been in a growing trend in the latest home décor options is that pine wood is cheaper than other hardwood options out there, and because of its rustic, chic look.
A typical hardwood flooring such as oak might cost you around $5 to $10 which is a pretty steep price to pay. Furthermore, this is the starting range for hardwood options and the prices will only keep on increasing as you explore more alternatives.
Be warned that this cost is simply the cost of buying a piece of wood. You will also end up paying the installation charges of the said flooring.
Adding the cost of buying and installing, you’d be paying a pretty penny for just the flooring and if you plan on remodeling the entire house, that said, you can say goodbye to your dream house.
To alleviate your problems, my answer would be Pine! Pinewood can cost you anywhere between a dollar to six, which if you think about it is as cheap as it can get. If you can get a decent flooring option for less than $6, I will install it in every corner.
The price seems like an attractive factor. Couple that with Pine’s attractive antiquity look, you have the perfect flooring option.
Here is a video about installing distressed pine flooring in a house:
(A tip for the environmentalists, opting for pine can certainly be a wiser option for your conscience as pine trees can grow at a rapid pace and require less space.)
Considering the aforementioned factors, there might be a few other aspects that needs consideration before investing in pine wood flooring.
If you plan on investing in pine, you should quite honestly consider knowing everything about pinewood beforehand. This is because most softwoods, including pine, are not usually promoted as flooring options which is why it might be slightly difficult to gain pine and when you do the seller might not let you in on all the information regarding pine.
(Ps. Reading this article on Pinewood is all the information you need.)
You should also consider that pine, categorized as softwood, is more susceptible to dents, scratches and the general wear and tear. On the contrary, if you ask me, that should be the reason you install pine because personally, I love the look of worn out wood.
The roughness of the look gives the pine wood flooring its character. The rustic look will easily have you remember your days snuggled in a small little tree house. That being said, if you do not prefer the said look, you probably should not lean towards pine wood flooring.
To minimize the dents and scratches what you can do is stain the wood or use some sort of wood varnish that goes well with pine. This will ensure the durability of the wood. You can also choose to leave pine wood unfinished to give it a natural look.
Other factors to consider:
- Pine is a classic, vintage option. It is impossible to go wrong with it.
- Can age gracefully when exposed to natural sunlight, which causes it to darken.
- The higher the grade of pine wood, the fewer the knots.
- As easy to maintain as hardwoods. Choose your furniture wisely and use carpets/rugs or doormats at high traffic areas to reduce wear and tear.
- Goes without saying, avoid spilling water!
Do not let anybody discourage you from getting the gorgeous look of a pine wood flooring. With proper care and installation, pine wood is just as viable an option as other hardwoods in the market.
Further reading: Read all about hickory wood flooring.