Tongue and Groove Knotty Pine Planking and Paneling - Which is Best?

 

If you are considering using tongue and groove knotty pine planking, whether for a wall covering like paneling, or some other unique project application, there are some things you will want to consider if you use real wood 2x6 or or wood paneling sheets.  While composite plastic or PVC options can be appealing, many prefer the look of real wood.  If you plan to make the tongue and groove knotty pine planking or paneling look great and last for years and years to come, there are some things you will want to do to make sure you get your money’s worth.  Let’s compare both kinds now.

Wood Paneling Sheets

If you are looking at using wood paneling, rather than tongue and groove knotty pine planking boards, there are some pros and cons that you will want to consider for your projects.  Let’s look at the pros and cons of using wood sheet paneling for your home.

Fast Installation:  You can put up wood paneling fast.  It’s much faster than tongue and groove knotty pine planking.  It you are paying to have it professionally installed, it will be much less expensive. 

Looks Like Paneling:  They try to mock the look of the 2x6 plank boards, but to even the most untrained eye, it’s a totally different look.   It may or may not matter to you, depending on your desires.

Variety:  You can get a natural or stained look with your tongue and groove knotty pine paneling, should you choose that planking is not for you.  You’ll have lots of options.

Limited Applications:  For the most part, the only real option you have is to use tongue and groove knotty pine planking paneling as a wall covering.

Real Wood Boards

The typical size for tongue and groove knotty pine planking boards is about 6 inches wide, but it will vary a lot.  Like the paneling options, there are several pros and cons you will want to consider before you buy this product, so you make sure you get the best deal possible.

Slower Installation:  More boards will equal more time and more work.  If you are a DIY person, it will take longer.  If you look to hire out, it will cost more money.

Looks Real:  The look of tongue and groove knotty pine planking is generally better than paneling, although that’s really more opinion than fact I suppose.  Still, the look is going vary, which many will like more than paneling.

Variety:  You can choose real wood or PVC and composite plastic materials for the boards.  Both will have their own separate pros and cons that you can explore to get the best fit.

Variety of Applications:  You can use real wood tongue and groove knotty pine planking boards for walls, ceilings, picture frame, or as trim work.  You will have additional options to consider making your room or home look great.

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