Heart Pine is a function of age and species
Heartwood is really the color you see and is composed of sap and heartwood. Sapwood is the softer, younger, outer portion of a tree that lies between the cambium (formative layer just under the bark) and the heartwood. It is more permeable, less durable, and usually lighter in color than the heartwood. The relative amounts of heartwood and sapwood in a flooring batch may affect the way it accepts stain and finish and, therefore, the finished appearance of the floor. In general, quarter sawn and rift sawn flooring will contain less sapwood than plain sawn flooring and will tend to have a straighter grain and more uniform appearance.
What is Heart Pine and where did it all go? There was a time in this country, not to sound like your grandfather, that small lumber and sawmills produced flooring locally for a city or region. A lumber company sold their cut up trees to mills that provided construction materials including walls, floors and ceilings to their market. Today those same lumber companies can ship those trees to China where they are turned into wood derivatives and sold back into our market as essentially single use floors.
Slow growing Alabama Longleaf Pine
Heart Pine is a function of age and species, while Heart Pine Pricing is usually a function of your zip code. The term heart pine gets used far too often to describe flooring that does not meet those standards. Only about 5% of total pine production in the United States is Longleaf pine, the harvestable stands are becoming increasingly difficult find. Longleaf pine grows much slower and therefore is not conducive the fast-growing pine plantations that produce pine for building materials.
Our Alabama Heart Pine will contain 50-80% visible on the face, heart and or sapwood. This differs greatly from the major box store offender who sells 50% content heart pine, but they mean 50% of the boards have heartwood. Not at all the same thing, not even close.
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J Howard, Co-founder of Southern Yellow Pine Direct. "One House, One Floor. "