Which “Wood” To Choose? Hardwood vs. Softwood

Does The Type Of Wood Make A Difference?

You have moved into your first home, or maybe want to finally upgrade your kitchen. Now its time to look at wood options in order to make your dream a reality. You decide on a custom design by Masterpiece Custom Millwork, Inc! Whew! Now that the hard part is over, the next question is which wood to choose?

Hardwood vs. Softwood

Let’s face it. There are many types of wood on the market. Making the choice can be quite overwhelming. Essentially, there are only two types of wood. There is “hardwood” and “softwood”. This tidbit may be good to know, but what does this really mean? Is hardwood better than softwood? Well not necessarily. In fact, the terms don’t really indicate quality at all. Let’s take a closer look at the two.

The Backstory

The terms “hardwood” and “softwood” refer to the origin of the seeds of the trees. Simply put, hardwood comes from trees with enclosed seeds. These trees include maple, mahogany, cherry, and walnut. Softwood, on the other hand, comes form trees with unenclosed seeds. These include pine, hickory, beech, and birch. That’s it! That’s the difference!

So What’s The Real Deal? 

So what IS the difference that you can see? The first element is durability. This one is a big. Durability is based on wood density. Hardwood is stronger, denser, and usually more durable than softwood. This is not to say that softwood will not be durable,  just less durable. Because softwood is less dense, it tends to be easier to work. This is something to consider when designing a custom piece.  Lastly, hardwood is also more fire resistant and resistant to decay than softwoods. This is also a very important element to consider when making your decision.

So with all the great qualities about hardwood, you might be wondering if softwood is any good? The short answer….Yes! Softwood is still a good option. Choosing this type of wood may be a good option for you depending on the type of custom piece, budgetary concerns, or longevity of the piece desired. So in the end, the wood types may be different, but this will only accentuate your custom piece.

So whatever wood you choose, just know that your custom piece will be a masterpiece that will last for years to come.

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