Heart pine flooring is a beautiful, durable wood plank flooring that offers many of the same aesthetics as hardwoods but often at a lower cost. Technically a softwood, Chicago, Illinois heart pine flooring is milled from the center, or heart, of longleaf yellow pine grown in the southeastern United States.
The popularity of heart pine during the late 19th and early 20th centuries caused it to be logged near extinction. That’s why the heart pine available today is all reclaimed lumber salvaged from turn-of-the century mills, factories, and other industrial buildings. These old buildings were originally framed with large beams sawn from old-growth longleaf pine, making flooring manufactured from these reclaimed beams a completely authentic heart pine product. Flooring milled from heart pine boards produces incredible color, tone, and hardness – in fact, reclaimed longleaf pine almost matches the hardness scores of hardwoods such as red oak.
Our heart pine flooring offers:
- A warm, rustic and unique look with great grain variations, knots, and pin holes that provide beautiful character
- Lower cost than most hardwoods – heart pine can cost up to 50 percent less than some hardwoods
- An eco-friendly alternative to virgin wood flooring. All heart pine is reclaimed, so no virgin wood is cut down to create new planks
Heart pine flooring for Chicago, Illinois fashioned from timbers salvaged from old buildings such as farms and factories feature nail holes, knots, color variations and imperfections that add warmth, visual interest, and a sense of heritage to any room.
It’s important to remember that there are several different kinds of pine flooring available and it can be easy to confuse them. Products commonly confused with real heart pine are floorings sawn from members of the southern yellow pine family – all trees related to the longleaf pine, but species which produce vastly different woods. These species include shortleaf pine, loblolly pine, and slash pine. While beautiful in their own right, and also an environmentally sound decision when milled from reclaimed sources, these floors are not heart pine and should not be confused as such. Fortunately, the reclaimed flooring experts here at Bingham Lumber are happy to explain the differences and help you choose the right flooring for your project.
To learn more about heart pine, contact the flooring professionals at Bingham Lumber today.