History of Birch Flooring
The use of birch trees in North America dates back to the Native Americans who used them for shafts for arrows and also to cover their canoe frames. They graced the floors of many historic New England houses. They hail from the Northeast and Lake States, typically. They are also found in Georgia and in the Appalachian Mountains. Sweet birch and yellow birch are the types most commonly used for wood flooring due to easy access and their durability.
Birch is considered a spiritual wood, symbolizing purification and thought to bring renewal. Birch trees are planted at the White House to honor the mothers of the U.S. presidents. Interestingly, the name “birch” means “a tree whose bark can be written upon”.
Pine wood flooring dates back to the early Colonial American days when it was used in wide-cut boards in the majority of the homes. Because of its beauty, durability, and availability, it was the most widely used wood.
Of all the varieties of pine, Heart Pine was most loved. The wood from the massive trees that grew in the South was used in plantation homes, private homes, and in public buildings as well. It was not only used for flooring but in furniture making too. Sadly, it was used up. It is practically impossible to find Heart Pine now but fortunately, the other varieties live on.