A Look at the Differences Between Hardwoods and Softwoods

There are many different factors that determine what kind of lumber to use for a specific project, including color, grain, and strength. However, the most important distinction between different types of lumber is their designation as a hardwood or softwood.

But what exactly is the difference between hardwood and softwood, and why is it important? For the most part, softwood is used structurally in buildings while beautiful furniture and finish work are primarily crafted from hardwood. This video from the National Hardwood Lumber Association has all the info you need to make a good decision when choosing between hardwood and softwood lumber.

For a great selection of lumber in the San Jose area, come to Southern Lumber. Visit us online or call (408) 297-9663 to learn more about our showroom of specialty woods, decking and outdoor living materials, vanities, cabinetry, and more.

 

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