If you’ve been keeping up with lumber trends, you’ll know that beetle kill pine is one of the hottest materials on the market right now. Its unique character and subtle blue tones make for the perfect addition in any space. Many builders love to create projects using this material due to its one of a kind appearance and flexibility with existing designs. For those considering implementing these pieces into their own home, we’re here to break down exactly what to expect. From installation to yearly maintenance, we’ve got all your bases covered.
What Is Beetle Kill Pine?
For those unfamiliar, beetle kill pine is also commonly referred to as “blue stain pine.” These pieces of lumber feature a brilliant blue undertone and soft creamy yellow pine detailing. They also have many knots and interesting grain. Many of them even feature reddish coloring and dark streaks. They are absolutely beautiful and one of the most popular siding options here at RMFP.
So, how does this naturally unique look come about? Beetle kill pine is the result of a fungus that spreads from beetles inhabiting Douglas Fir, Lodgepole Pine, and White Bark Pine trees. This fungus, in conjunction with the beetles, transforms the wood of the tree into nutrients to sustain the beetle. However, this slowly kills the trees. For healthy trees, they should be able to expel the beetles without any issues. But with warmer climate trends, trees have struggled to combat these pests.
The product of these damaged trees is a beautiful piece of blue stain lumber. So in a sense, beetle kill pine is reclaimed lumber. It’s extremely environmentally friendly and a sustainable addition to any home. Although the beetles kill the tree, the structural integrity of the wood is not weakened or damaged. All of the fungi is burnt away during the kiln drying process that the lumber goes through. What’s left is these interesting pieces of blue and gray lumber perfect for any wall, indoor or out.
The Installation Process
Installing beetle kill pine siding is the same as most other siding materials. At RMFP, our customer favorite is the beetle kill pine siding in tongue and groove. Tongue and groove siding is known for its effortless installation that virtually anyone can do themselves. Plus, you’ll need minimal materials to get the job done right. For those still hoping to get professional help, hiring a contractor to do this project will not be too expensive. As we mentioned, beetle kill pine siding is great when used inside as an accent wall or ceiling feature. Beetle kill pine siding can also be used outside, most popularly in covered areas or soffit features.
Maintaining Beetle Kill Pine
Since these products undergo scrutiny in the kiln drying process, they are usually good to go from the get go. Some people enjoy staining these pieces for a darker, more intense finish. But most folks just love the natural look of these beautiful materials as they are. In terms of yearly maintenance, it’s always a good idea to give your siding pieces a good look-over from time to time. Be sure to take note of any flaws or warping if your materials are exposed to moisture or any physical damage. Although this material should not deteriorate much over time, it is a softer wood so be weary of etching and scratches. Even if your materials are damaged at all, blue stain pine is so unique that most probably wouldn’t even notice any inconsistencies. For more maintenance tips, give our specialists a call.