Grades & Properties of Wood Flooring —
#2 Common and Better Yellow Pine Flooring
Yellow Pine flooring is a traditional flooring choice.
#2 Common and Better Yellow Pine Flooring Dimension Specifications:
#2 Common and Better Yellow Pine flooring has lengths typically of 6 to 16 feet. Standard widths are 6, 8, 10, and 12 inches nominally. Custom widths from 3″ up to 18″ or more can be made by request. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. Yellow Pine is mostly found unfinished but is available prefinished and engineered with a veneer top layer.
#2 Common and Better Yellow Pine flooring is readily available. Custom orders usually demand 2-3 weeks for production, depending on lumber availability.
Finished Floor Appearance:
#2 Common and Better Yellow Pine has an even light yellow color with large knots and defects. The long lengths make for fewer joints and a more desirable floor aesthetically. Yellow Pine is not particularly sensitive to sunlight but will amber considerably with an oil-based finish over time. Water-based finishes can be applied to slow any color change but may be difficult to use because of grain raise.
Flooring Durability and Stability:
Yellow Pine flooring is not durable and dents quite easily. Yellow Pine tends to shrink over time.
Workability of #2 Common and Better Yellow Pine Flooring:
Being a softwood, Yellow Pine flooring works easily with both hand and power tools. When installing the flooring, it is best to use a manual nailer, but staples and pneumatic nailers work well. Installation is fast with Pine flooring because Pine is wide typically. Pine holds screws well, and it glues, stains, and polishes to a very attractive finish. It is relatively easy to sand with flooring equipment, but professional sanding and finishing is recommended. Yellow Pine accepts stain well, which can alter the appearance of the floor drastically. Stain can appear blotchy if stain conditioner is not applied.
Principal Uses of #2 Common and Better Yellow Pine Flooring:
Because of its lower price than Oak, #2 Common Yellow Pine flooring is used in low-, medium-, and high-end residential applications for a traditional floor.
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