Red Hills Lumber vertical grain is quartersawn with grain angles between 45° - 90° forming an elegant pinstripe pattern on the face of the board. This cut also maximizes the surface exposure of denser "late wood" (the darker growth rings), creating an even more durable surface. Compare the tightness of our naturally grown vertical grain with others.
Red Hills short leaf pine flooring, like all of our products, is sustainably milled from old growth natural forests, not planted pine tracts. Many of the trees from which it comes are over 150 years old. As with our longleaf, this results in a higher heart content and denser grain.
Heart pine has been highly prized for flooring since it was installed in Washington's Mount Vernon and Jefferson's Monticello. The tight, highly patterned grain and amber and copper hues of Red Hills' heart pine continue that long tradition. A few months of exposure to light deepens the colors, with continued exposure bringing out the full patina.
Our wood comes from our own forests, which are under permanent conservation easements and are sustainably managed to preserve the longleaf ecosystem and its biological diversity. See the "About Us" page for more information.
Much of the small supply of heart pine reclaimed from old buildings or logs sunk in rivers and commands more than $12 a board foot. Red Hills Lumber Company sustainably harvests comparable lumber from mature, forest-grown longleaf pines and sells it at a considerably lower cost.
Tour any historic home in the U.S. and chances are that you will be walking on centuries-old longleaf pine floors. Longleaf has a Janka hardness rating of 890 - significantly harder than eastern white pine (380), ponderosa pine (460), and other southern yellow pines (690-790). With a Janka of 1225, longleaf heart pine is even harder, and virtually equivalent to red oak (1290).
Red Hills Lumber produces a range of custom wood products from the highest quality pine timber. All products are milled from large old-growth south Georgia pine. These trees are sustainably grown in our natural forests which gives them a tightness of grain and density not found in pine plantation lumber. Our primary products are four grades of high quality heart pine flooring, all from solid 3/4 inch thick boards that will withstand heavy wear and multiple refinishing. We also produce custom wood beams, wainscoting, moldings and stair parts. Most of our wood is longleaf pine, the hardest pine species with the tightest grain and clearest face. We do, however, mill some old growth shortleaf pine that produces wide boards with high heart content.
Most Red Hills products can be customized. Boards can be milled in widths up to 12 inches. Board widths, molding profiles, paneling, beams and mantles can be customized to match restoration projects.