Heart Pine is a very popular floor with great degrees of variation from a knotty character grade to a very formal, clear select grade. Heartpine floors are resawn from beams and are not original, walked upon floors. The term refers to the heartwood of the longleaf pine tree. Longleaf Pine is also known as Southern Yellow Pine, Longleaf Yellow Pine, and in the past as Pitch Pine. Heart pine wood is the non-living center of the tree trunk, while the sapwood is the outer living layer of the tree. Heart Pine floors can be all heart wood, all sap wood or a combination. The amount of heart vs. sap wood creates the possible variations. Heartwood has tight grains, sap wood has loose grains.
It’s important to read our grading classifications before deciding what type of heartpine floor you want. The higher the grade (no knots, nailholes, tight grains, etc), the narrower and shorter the boards will become as we cut out all of the imperfections. Widths can range from 2″ to 11.5″ and the cost ranges anywhere from $8/ft for a character grade to $17/ft for the most select.