Pitch Pine Features
- New pitch pine flooring boards
- Traditional pine used in Victorian houses
- Widths normally 175mm, sometimes 225mm
- Pack length usually 3.3/3.6/3.9m
- Tongue & groove on four sides
- Stress relief grooves on rear
- Use painted MDF skirting for contrast
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Traditional pine flooring
Our Pitch Pine boards are imported kiln dried and machined with a planed surface. Pitch pine was widely used in Victorian buildings and valued for its distinctive grain, rich colours and durability, the colours becoming slightly warmer and redder as they get older. This pine flooring is more durable than Scandinavian pine and proves popular for period properties and for barn conversions where larger width boards are preferred.
Pitch Pine board width and length
All of our pitch pine floorboards are supplied tongue and grooved on all four sides (end matched) and are normally stocked in wide boards, usually 175mm board width, but sometimes we can secure 225mm floor boards. Whichever pitch pine boards are in stock they are all regularised at 20mm thick.
The individual flooring boards are ‘nested’ into threes, each nest contains one full length board and two “made to length”. Made to length indicates where two, or possibly, three end-matched boards are machined to provide the same length as the standard length boards in that pack. Maxium board lengths are normally in the 3.3m to 3.9m range, a reasonable working length for most flooring requirements.
Laying the boards
The boards are kiln-dried at source down to 8%-12% moisture content but to minimise movement it is still recommended that the boards are stored on-site for at least 14 days prior to laying. Pitch pine is quite resinous and applied finishes might take longer to dry than a standard pine or oak board. Some customers have used Osmo Polyx clear to finish their pitch pine flooring, this finish helps accentuate the deep colours of the boards which deepen in colour tone over time.
Skirting and Architrave
Although we have no matching pitch pine skirting or architrave many of our customers have chosen primed MDF which they have then paint finished in contrasting colours. Some customers have ripped down pitch pine floor boards and then machined a chamfer or profile along one edge. If you do use this pitch pine to make your own profiles please remember that the backs of the boards feature a stress relief groove