SOFTWOOD – FLOORS AND PARQUET OF LOCALLY-SOURCED WOOD

Pine is a generic term for softer wood that comes from coniferous trees, such as spruce, fir, Douglas fir, larch, or stone pine. What makes pine so special are its soft wood fibers, which result in a very pleasant, almost velvety feel. Pine floors offer a beautiful grain with distinctive knots. Learn about the advantages and unique traits of the different types of wood here.

A COMPARISON OF PINE SPECIES:

+ The mafi pines: larch, Douglas fir, stone pine, fir, and spruce. Brinell hardness: between 12 and 19 N/mm². Lengths up to 5 m (16.4 ft) and widths from 155 mm to 300 mm (6.1 to 11.8 inches).

+ Pine floors are easy to care for: even coffee or red wine stains can be gently and easily removed with hot water and pure mafi wooden floor soap.

+ Pine floors create hygge, Scandinavian-style coziness: famously used in Scandinavian style, but also increasingly used in modern concepts for a homey feel.

+ Pine is chameleon-like: pine is perfect for traditional interiors as well as modern, even daring design concepts.

+ Pine is diverse: various natural treatments with heat, lye, or oil provide a wide range of surface options.

+ Pine is good for the room climate: the open pores of the wood surface absorb and release moisture in your space. This ensures a healthy indoor climate for both you and your pets.

+ Pine is resilient: yes, pine is softer than oak, but larch and Douglas fir can also be used in commercial settings.

THE MAFI ALPINE COLLECTION: PINE PARQUET FOR EVERY SPACE


The colorful mafi Alpine collection ranges from traditional Austrian larch to spruce, fir, stone pine, and Douglas fir. Pine floors are characterized by a pronounced number of knots and a vibrant texture and grain.

Like all mafi boards, our pine boards are made of a sturdy 3-layer construction with approx. 5 mm overlay and approx. 5 mm backing of the same kind of wood. Particularly impressive are the lengths of the pine boards, which can run up to four or five meters long (13.1 to 16.4 ft) and widths from 155 mm to 300 mm (6.1 to 11.8 inches).

WHICH PINE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

In order to decide which pine flooring would be best suited to your particular living concept, first consider which room you're going to use the floor in. Spruce, fir, and stone pine are soft softwoods with a hardness around 12 Brinell and are therefore suitable for spaces with low to medium traffic, such as bedrooms or bathrooms.

Larch and Douglas fir are among the hardest pine species with a Brinell hardness of 19 N/mm² and can therefore handle higher traffic. They are suitable for every room and even in commercial applications.

 

VARIOUS FINISHING PROCESSES FOR DIFFERENT SURFACE LOOKS

Within the mafi Alpine collection, the wood surfaces vary, with everything from a deep white or sunny honey to medium and dark browns.

Lighter surfaces are achieved with traditional lye treatment. The subsequent application of the white mafi natural linseed-based oil completes the production process for very light to almost snow-white surfaces. They are then simply dried in the open air, without any chemical additives. This lets the oil penetrate deep into the wood for an authentic feel on the surface.

If you prefer a dark flooring, you might opt for heat-treated larch wood where the surfaces have been "baked" to tones ranging from light to dark brown using a completely natural and chemical-free thermal process using only heat and water. Various oil treatments from white to natural give the dark wood surface further subtle color nuances and underline the beautiful grain of the wood without obscuring it.

CONIFER IS NO LONGER JUST RUSTIC

Structurally strong, weather-resistant pine has always been used both indoors and outdoors in temperate regions, especially the Alps. Knots and the thick grain are typical features of a pine floor. It is precisely these traits that create a cozy atmosphere with feel-good character.

Pine has a long tradition in Austria and is often associated with a rustic and down-to-earth interior design style. But pine also has its place in simple and minimalist living concepts. The reasons are quite obvious. The more minimalist the design, the greater the need for warmth and coziness. This is why architects today like to combine contemporary building materials such as concrete, stone, and glass with traditional pine. This results in a tension between modern simplicity and pleasant comfort.

MAFI PINE FLOORS: HEALTHY, EASY TO CARE FOR, AND LONG-LASTING

All mafi floors are produced ecologically and are left natural, i.e. not sealed with wax or varnish. The resulting permanent porosity of the wood surface can absorb and release moisture in the room. Humans and animals thus benefit from a healthy, natural indoor climate.

Regular care with water and mafi wood soap cleans the floor and at the same time nourishes it with the oils it contains that are so important for the floor. Any small scratches or other signs of wear that come over the years are eliminated with ongoing mopping, because the supply of moisture allows the wood fibers to fill them in. Grease stains or deeper scratches can easily be tackled with hot water and soap. Spot repair

A natural wood floor is a long-lasting part of your home which will build up a dirt-repellent protective layer through regular mopping and develop a natural patina over the years.

 

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