"What are the main advantages and disadvantages of using Pine for a Conservatory?."

Pine Conservatories are a great extension to any home and usually add value to your property. You may have had a look at the Orangeries UK website and seen both high-quality hardwood and pine conservatories available.

The obvious benefits of hardwood are its durability and elegance. Pine conservatories do have a number of benefits too though, particularly compared to PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride). See below for considerations when considering purchasing a pine conservatory.

Properties of Pine

Pine is a softwood that has over 100 species all around the world. Pine is white or pale yellow in colour and is also light weight, with an open grain.

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Advantages of Pine Disadvantages of Pine
Cheaper Than Hardwood Common Lumber often has Defects
Does Not Require Reenforcement Often Features Knots & Knotholes
Light Weight Susceptible to Scratches and Dents
Resists Shrinking & Swellling Can be easily damaged
Good Elasticity
Attractive Grain Options

Types of Pine Wood

There are various types of conifer in the Genus Pinus. The scientific name for the Pine specie is Pinus, the higher classification is Pinacae. Some of the most common types of Pine include:

  • Scots Pine
  • Stone Pine
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Pinus Taeda
  • Pinus Nigra
  • Pinus Cembra
  • Pinus Halepensis
  • Pinus Palustris
  • Pinus Densiflora
  • Mountain Pine
  • Pinus Radiata
  • Pinus Rigida
  • Sugar Pine
  • Caribbean Pine

Advantages of Pine Conservatories
The first advantage of opting for a pine conservatory is ultimately that it is a cheaper and more affordable option than hardwood. Choosing pine may mean that you can actually have a conservatory extension on your home, rather than not having one at all.
Pine has ample structural strength. Therefore, like all timbers, pine doesn’t require reinforcement. PVC, on the other hand, is a weaker material used for conservatories that does need reinforcing.

In addition, compared to PVC, pine is a renewable resource and therefore better for the environment. Although hardwood is also renewable, if hardwood is too expensive an option for your conservatory, then pine is a better option for the environment over PVC.
What’s more, pine, like all timbers, can be moulded into different shapes to suit individual requirements and styles. It can also be painted in a solid colour or in a translucent stain to emphasise the distinctive grain. Pine, similarly to hardwood, pine creates a traditional appearance that suits both modern and period properties.

Disadvantages of Pine Conservatories
Pine needs to be correctly and carefully treated with strong preservatives in order to prevent rot. Therefore, although hardwoods are more expensive, they do not require such extensive treatment.

What’s more, pine, as a softwood, can be damaged more easily and can have the tendency to be prone to movement compared to all other timber, for example, shrinking and swelling when seasons change, due to higher and lower levels of moisture, which can cause problems with paintwork.
Pine conservatories from Orangeries UK are treated with preservatives in order to extend the wood’s durability for outside use. 

Pine or Hardwood?
At Orangeries UK, we believe that hardwoods like Sapele and Oak are more durable and high-quality than pine. That said, pine makes an affordable, effective material for orangeries and conservatories.

To discuss the possibility of installing a pine conservatory or hardwood conservatory, call Orangeries UK on 0843 8868 552.