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When colonists arrived in the New World, they found vast stands of mature Southern Yellow Pines ranging from 150 to 450 years old. Some of them were up to five feet in diameter and 180 feet tall. The pines were magnificent and their supply appeared to be endless. Many were fully mature and consisted predominantly of dense grained heartwood. It was because of this unique heartwood that the trees came to be known as “Heart Pine”. As the colonists took control of the land, Heart Pine quickly established itself as their “wood of choice” and was used to build virtually everything from fence posts to furniture. In some cases, entire houses were built from the heartwood of a single tree.
Old Original® Antique Heart Pine floors have a unique patina that gives them the look and feel of floors that are already 100 years old. Their color is in the medium brown range and is the same all the way through the face. So, no matter how many times a floor is sanded over its lifetime, its finished color will always be the same after applying a natural finish. Old Original® Antique Heart Pine floors come standard as engineered floors with a penetrating natural oil finish; they can be custom ordered in solid planks. Engineered Old Original® planks can be nailed, glued, or floated anywhere–above grade, below grade, or on grade over either concrete or wooden subfloors. They are guaranteed not to water spot and are extremely easy to care for.