Using Different Woods for Different Jobs

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When it comes to starting your next home improvement project, the first task is to find the proper materials. If you’re planning to use wood, this means deciding which type of wood will best suit your purposes. Failing to understand the differences between hardwood and softwood, for example, can lead to wasted time and money.  Here is a summary of the characteristics of various types of wood:


Contrary to what the name might suggest, hardwood is not necessarily harder than softwood. Rather, hardwoods generally have a higher density due to their slower growth rate. Hardwood is most frequently used for furniture. Hardwood has many appealing factors. For example, hardwood is often considered a specialty wood and comes in a variety of textures, colors, and patterns that make it an attractive choice for furniture. However, the downside to hardwood is that it tends to be more expensive than softwood.


Softwood is more common than hardwood. Due to its lower price and faster growth rate, softwood has a wide variety of applications. For example, softwood is commonly used in furniture and home construction. Like hardwood, there are many different types of softwood available.


Plywood is made from layers of wood cut from either hardwood or softwood trees. Due to its appearance, plywood is not used for its aesthetics and is therefore not ideal for furniture. However, its low price and durability make it perfect for construction of flooring and walls.

If you are thinking about tackling a new renovation job, make sure you have a good understanding of your options when it comes to types of wood. Every type of wood has its own strengths and weaknesses. To learn more about the different kinds of woods and their applications, call Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663. Our expert staff can help you find exactly the right kind of specialty wood and lumber for your next project.

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