As we have talked about hardwoods in our blog we thought that we would go over the characteristics of softwoods too.
Generally, hardwoods and softwoods are used to manufacture the same items. Decisions are made on which to use by considering the density of the timber. This is because the density will affect the strength, durability and longevity of the timber.
Examples of softwoods are Cedar, Fir, Pine, Redwood, Spruce, Juniper and Yew.
Benefits of using softwoods are that they are more cost effective and easier to work with due to their cell structure being less dense. Both benefits mean that softwoods account for 80% of the timber used worldwide. This is quite outstanding considering that hardwoods are far more common. Softwoods do grow much quicker than hardwoods which therefore enables the high demand for them to be met.
You should not be miss lead by the name softwoods. As the name suggests they are not necessarily softer or less durable than hardwoods.
Another benefit of working with softwoods is their more open cell structure which means that they can adsorb any adhesives or finishes that are used with them extremely well. You can therefore treat them easier and increase their durability.
It is all about making the right considerations for the specific project that you are undertaking.