I have a 100 year old house and I am renovating the dining room. I had my heart set on pine floors, but I can't afford, nor do I have access to, reclaimed wood. A local mill, and even Home Depot, for that matter, sell tongue & Groove "pine flooring" (unfinished - just bare pine t&g boards). When I told a friend about my plans to buy this flooring for my dining room, he told me that I do not want pine floors - that they are too soft, they will get dented by even very light use, and the dents will collect dirt, the cracks between the boards will collect dirt, and the boards will snag my socks. He suggested laminate, which I am not crazy about. I really want to stick to something that looks natural. I have laminate now and although it looks OK, it doesn't "fit" with the age of the house.
Any thoughts on this? I have read through old posts about pine floors, but can't find any information on what type of pine, and where to get it.
I am all for rustic, don't mind dents, etc. But I don't a floor that is a cleaning nightmare, or that snags socks, or that I regret putting down.