Can You Put Knotty Cedar Planking Down for Flooring?

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Cedar wood flooring has a rustic and inviting appeal.
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For a casual country look, there is nothing better than rows of knotty pine tongue and groove flooring.


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Cedar wood flooring has a rustic and inviting appeal. The pine hardwood flooring can stand up to high traffic, and is an attractive addition to most living spaces in any region of the country.

Knotty pine flooring is durable and a classic choice for homeowners. The knotty pine boards can be bought in the shape and shade according to your style, and are generally considered to be one of the most affordable wood floors to install. Still, cedar flooring has pros and cons to consider before you spend a lot of time choosing the best hue for your home's floors.


Color Considerations for Cedar Flooring

The color range for pine hardwood flooring is wide and varied, from the glow of nearly white knotty pine and classic golden yellow to the deep reds and rich browns. The prominent grain, knots and pin holes give this cedar wood flooring its character.

Cedar plank flooring will need some work over the years to keep it the color that you originally purchased and installed. However, it also can warm up and change patina over the years, adding to the appeal of the flooring.


Cedar Flooring Pros and Cons

A well-laid pine floor will last for a century or more. But there are some pros and cons every homeowner should remember,

Pine floors tend not to shrink or swell in most climates. However, cedar plank flooring in humid areas can age better with a coat of polyurethane to keep it in tip top condition.

Pine is a softwood and grows faster than hardwoods, such as oak and walnut, which are also used for flooring. This makes it much more environmentally friendly for forestry practices. Choose pine that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or reclaimed pine lumber.


Typically, softwoods cost less than hardwoods, and often less than luxury vinyl tile that are designed to look like wood. Consider that wood floors require sanding and staining after five to 10 years of use, depending on your style preference. Add that into the cost of your flooring.

Pine is soft and can be deeply scarred in high traffic areas. Large families with children and pets may want to give the flooring choice a second look.

Knotty Pine Finishes

Most pine flooring arrives unfinished. This gives you the opportunity to find a finish in any color that works for your décor and color palette. Pine hardwood flooring can stand up to stains and paint, but looks lovely with a slick of Tung oil as well.


To bring out the wood's natural hue, a clear varnish or white washing will prevent it from darkening over time with the average wear and tear floors receive.

Maintenance for Knotty Pine

For pine hardwood flooring to stay gleaming, it will need regular dusting to keep debris from scratching the soft surface. A good finish should last 10 years with regular maintenance and traffic.

Pine planks tend to show the typical wear and tear that a floor takes in a home faster than hardwood species. This means you will need to stain and finish the floor to keep it in its pristine condition. However, a patina and visible wear in high-traffic areas will progress on the surface of the pine and further add to its appeal overtime. Pine will develop a naturally distressed look as it ages.



Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at