One of the things people like about hardwood floors is the natural beauty that comes from the wood itself. As a living tree, the material is subject to a number of unique environmental circumstances, growth habits and influences by nature. From knotholes and tree rings to pin worm holes and more, hardwood’s imperfections only add to its beauty.
Pin worm holes can be found in many hardwood floors and while they add character and texture to the natural wood patterns, many people are not sure what they really are. The tiny worm holes, no more than 1/16th of an inch, are made by a wood-boring insect that lives and eats when the wood is still part of a living tree or even after it is recently processed as lumber.
Hardwood flooring manufacturers allow a certain number of holes as they add to the texture and appearance of the planks. Of course, too many pin worm holes can cause problems with the wood by weakening it or allowing too much moisture to enter the wood planks. When the pieces of wood are too riddled with pin worm holes, manufacturers discard them. Just the right amount of pin worm holes gives the wood planks some character. Authentic hardwood floors are hard to beat when it comes to beauty and durability.