October 23, 2009, Newsletter Issue #2: Hardwood Flooring Species: White Pine

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Janka Hardness Scale Rating: 380-420

The domestic versions of pine are an excellent choice for lower-traffic area wood flooring. Since pine absorbs preservatives quite well, it can be reinforced either through prefinishing or on-site finishing. Contrary to what you might think, pine doesn't give off the same smell as it does when it's in its natural habitat, or left preserved, as with Christmas trees, for example.

Expect the sapwood to be yellow-white or yellow-tan. The heartwood is a light orange- to red-yellow, but can also be a yellow-brown color. The grain is most often straight, with a medium and sometimes uneven texture.

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