Clear Pine or Knotty Pine Flooring
Which is better pine flooring, clear or knotty?
"Sometimes you feel like a knot, some times you don't"
Does clear or knotty pine make a better floor?
The answer to which grade, #2 or C and Better, more commonly known as knotty and clear is all about taste. The look you want will determine the grade, in most cases. Clear or C and Better Southern Yellow Pine is consistent throughout; clear pine derives its look from the grain where the character of Knotty pine comes from knots and variation in grain.
Clear pine is sometimes called select or vertical grain if the board warrants. #2 Knotty Pine, Longleaf, will contain anywhere from 0-40% heart content visible (face) on each board. Both of these grades can be manipulated to fool consumers once they go into boxes. Caveat Emptor
J Howard, Co-founder of Southern Yellow Pine Direct. "One House, One Floor. "