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Hardwood Vs Softwood – Which is Best?

13 Feb 2023

Across the globe, the importance of our trees never wavers, but whilst they continually support our survival, wood is fiercely popular when it comes to home décor and construction. Through careful and sustainable use, a variety of wood types can be used in a sensible and responsible way which causes no threat to our environment, whilst providing us with a range of timber product options that each showcase diverse and unique qualities. The two main wood types primarily used across joinery are both hardwoods and softwoods.

What is the Difference Between Hardwood and Softwood?

The main difference is that hardwoods are derived from slower-growing trees, which means that the material itself can become denser and typically darker in colour; they can also be characterised by trees that lose their leaves. Softwoods on the other hand are made from trees that develop more quickly, making them softer, and lighter in colour. They typically retain their leaves and needles throughout the entire year. 

When it comes to your timber windows our experienced team at Input Joinery, have extensive knowledge in all things wood and can provide knowledge and guidance in choosing the right wood for your project.

Which Option Should I Choose?

When deciding between hardwood and softwood and which is best for your bespoke timber products, essentially the choice is yours. Softwood is an easier material to work with as the wood is less dense, so when crafting windows such as sash windows, designs can be intricate, especially if period features are being restored or imitated

A dense hardwood, such as European oak, helps insulate any property and acts as an ideal companion to any front door entrance such as our traditional front doors. It is versatile, durable, and attractive, and it resists rotting. Hardwood blends into the surroundings providing you with a classic, traditional appearance that is reminiscent of the countryside and English heritage and looks much more pleasing, particularly in listed buildings and rural areas.

Bespoke Timber Products Made in the Heart of Hampshire

At Input Joinery, we have a team of experts ready to help and offer any advice when choosing the most suitable timber for your new bespoke timber product that will look perfect for your property. All our superior quality joinery is manufactured in the UK in our purpose-built factory on the outskirts of Andover, Hampshire. Contact our friendly staff today to discuss your next timber project and the best types of wood for you.

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