Flooring That Makes the Grade: Step Up Your Home Improvement Game!

By Mallory Bennett

Understanding the Differences in Heart Pine and Southern Yellow Pine Flooring: A Guide to Grades

When choosing flooring for a home or project, understanding the differences in wood types and grades is crucial. In a YouTube video, Tom from our SC Lumber & Supply location in Cayce, SC, provides an insightful overview of heart pine flooring versus southern yellow pine flooring. He also explains the various grades of southern yellow pine, from Clear to Cull. Check it out on our channel - Lumber and Supply or read on to find out more!

Heart Pine vs. Southern Yellow Pine Flooring

Heart pine is known for its rich, deep color and dense grain. It's harvested from the heartwood of longleaf pine trees, making it a premium and durable choice. This type of flooring is highly sought after for its natural beauty and strength, often adding a historic or antique charm to spaces.

Southern yellow pine, on the other hand, is a versatile and widely used option. It's lighter in color compared to heart pine and features a more varied grain pattern. Southern yellow pine is known for its strength and affordability, making it a popular choice for many different types of projects.

Grades of Southern Yellow Pine Flooring

Tom explains the grading system for southern yellow pine, which helps customers choose the right quality for their needs:

  • Clear Grade: This is the highest quality grade, featuring minimal knots and a uniform appearance. It's perfect for projects where a smooth, clean look is desired.

  • Select Grade: Slightly below Clear, this grade has a few more knots and natural markings but still offers a high-quality, attractive finish.

  • #1 Grade: This grade includes more knots and character marks, providing a rustic and natural appearance. It's great for those who want a bit of natural charm in their flooring.

  • #2 Grade: Featuring even more knots and imperfections, #2 grade is ideal for projects where a rugged, rustic look is desired, and durability is still important.

  • Cull Grade: This is the lowest grade, with significant knots, defects, and variations. It’s best suited for projects where appearance is less critical, such as utility areas or budget-conscious applications.

Finishing Options with Real Milk Paint Finishing Oil Line

In addition to exploring flooring types and grades, Tom also demonstrates a product available at all our locations: The Real Milk Paint Finishing Oil Line. He specifically showcases two options:

  • Half & Half (Tung Oil + Citrus Solvent): This blend provides a natural, penetrating finish that enhances the wood's grain while offering protection. It's easy to apply and brings out the wood’s inherent beauty.

  • The Dark Half (Tung Oil with Natural Resin): This variant adds a rustic, aged look to the wood, thanks to the natural resin. It’s perfect for those aiming for a more vintage or antique appearance.

Choosing the right flooring and finish can significantly impact the overall look and durability of a project. By understanding the differences in heart pine and southern yellow pine flooring, as well as the various grades available, customers can make informed decisions that meet their aesthetic and practical needs.

For more detailed information, tips, and product demonstrations, check out our video featuring Tom, and feel free to visit our SC Lumber & Supply location in Cayce, SC, or any of our other locations. Our experts are always ready to help with any questions or projects!