Pine trees are coniferous and come from the Pinus genus and the family Pinoideae. The name of the tree comes from a Latin term and there are well over 100 different species documented, although the exact number is often debated.
These trees grow to be between three and 80 metres in height but most reach between 15 and 45 metres. Most of the trees are harvested because they make attractive plants in gardens and they are also very commonly used to make furniture and flooring. They are best known for the fact that they are harvested as Christmas trees.
There are about 20 species of pines which produce nuts which are suitable for human consumption. These nuts can also be used to produce pine nut oil and this is known for its nutty flavour and as well as the health benefits.
The Southern Pine Beetle is known to be a large threat to the species and once a pine tree has become diseased it can be a real problem as it can be contagious and result in the death of many trees if not dealt with swiftly.
Because of the unique character of the wood and the authentic rustic feel, pine flooring appeals to many people and the light colouring means that pine is fantastic for creating a spacious appearance in a room.
However pine is a very soft wood and therefore pine solid wood flooring is often covered in a few dents and scratches from daily use. It is also prone to a great deal of expanding and contracting depending on the humidity in the room.
As a more practical alternative we sell pine laminate flooring. This product combines the fashionable appearance of pine with more durable, easy to maintain properties. Laminate pine floors will also stay looking new for longer, even if it is installed in a busy environment.
Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD