Homeowners source for Knotty & Heart Pine flooring
A + BBB Rating gives homeowners the confidence they need to make that first call. To keep it, we go out of our way to explain the process & how they can get the floor of their dreams. We call ourselves the homeowners source because it is usually the homeowner who insist their contractor buy from us or they are DIY, which we love! SYP Direct manufactures Southern Yellow Pine, using Alabama Longleaf Pine. Mature Longleaf Pine, which constitutes only about 5% of the pine milled in U.S. every year, gives us the new Heart Pine as seen below. In order to be called Heart Pine, boards must have 50% (minimum) heart content. The grading process removes non-defected boards that do not meet this standard, leaving Heart Pine and #2 grade.
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Old Growth or New Heart Pine?
The only way to get Heart Pine is time. According to the USDA Forest Service book “Longleaf Pine,” it takes 200 years for a longleaf pine to become mostly heartwood and be considered antique. Because this lumber was so desirable, it was almost timbered to extinction by 1900.
What remains of the once vast virgin forest are protected meaning Old Growth Heart Pine is no longer commercially available as a timber crop. Scientists say that any wood from a tree less than 200 years old is “new heart pine.” A 75-year-old tree will average less than 30% heart. New Heart Pine is not as hard or rich in color as true Old Growth Heart Pine.
While there is no uniformity in how these terms are used, an effective way to determine what type of pine flooring you are looking at is to determine its source. Newly harvested pine floors are most likely to be Longleaf Southern Yellow Pine, while pine floors recycled from turn-of-the-century mills or sourced from river bottoms are most likely to be Old Growth Heart Pine.
Southern Yellow Pine is not a species, it is several species that grow in the south! There is a huge difference in the species regarding hardness, stability and character. Our #2 'Knotty' Pine contains more heartwood than box stores Heart Pine Grades, turn over one of those boards and see how much heartwood exist. Our Heart Pine is available in three grades which means three prices - one will fit your budget. Homeowners can buy better materials for less than the local professionals who specialize in engineered or laminate flooring.
We use the type of blades designed to create floors, they do not grind down like most, which allows for an even cut across your milled to order Knotty and or Heart Pine. If you shopping for Antique Pine, we can help in two ways. The first is that we have small batch producers of some gorgeous reclaimed heart pine, from beams, the real stuff. The second is that we can provide Caribbean Heart Pine in unfinished wide plank boards, and you can antique the finish. We call it fool your friends flooring because nobody will be able to tell the difference between your Caribbean Heart Pine floor and 150 year old reclaimed, if it is done right.