When searching for materials for wood flooring, it is common that people choose hardwood lumber because of its durability.  Since it is named as hardwood, we think of it as very dense and hard, thus making it the most appropriate to use on your floors.

But, what about softwoods? Are these kinds of wood too soft on our floors? Definitely not! The fact is, there are different types of hardwood that are actually very light and less dense than other woods, while conversely, there are softwoods that are actually very hard and durable for your floor. Most softwoods are less dense than other types of wood and therefore easier to cut. Hardwoods are indeed durable and denser, which makes them sturdier on floors.

It is important to know these different distinctions to help you choose the most fitting wood for your floor. There are softwoods that, in fact, provide the kind of wood density, hardness, and grain that suit your liking, but do not limit you.

Hardwoods come from plants that produce seeds with coverings. These types of plants are called angiosperms, and seeds grow out of their coverings. On the other hand, softwoods are a type of woods that are gymnosperms or plants that releases seed on the ground without any covering. Some of the seeds are released into the air and spread in other areas where seeds may not otherwise grow.

When it comes to wood density, hardwood flooring is usually denser than softwood, making it harder. Softwoods have lower density and are softer than other types of hardwood.  If you are looking for dark woods, then hardwood lumber is your best choice. Otherwise, softwoods are ideal for light colored wood. Lastly, anular rings on softwood lumber are more distinct than hardwood.

Superior Hardwoods offers both hardwoods and softwoods in a variety of species to choose from. For hardwood lumbers, choose from Cherry, Elm, Maple, Poplar, Red Oak, White Oak, Walnut, and Wormy Chestnut. For softwoods, wood species vary from Cypress, Douglas Fir, Pine, Ponderosa Pine, White Pine, Redwood, and Southern Yellow Pine. All these lumbers are reclaimed wood that provide you with high quality for your flooring needs. They are also eco-friendly, so you can have a peace of mind knowing your flooring choice was good for the environment.

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