When you’re looking at wood flooring options, you will see many different kinds. One of the classifications used to distinguish wood floors is whether the wood is considered hardwood or softwood. Both options will look beautiful for many years to come but each has their own unique benefits too.
Colors and Origins
Hardwoods come from trees such as oak, maple, and walnut. Softwoods generally come from Evergreens, such as pine and spruce. Softwoods actually make up around 80% of the timber used worldwide, so they are far more prevalent. Grain patterns are unique to each tree, but hardwoods generally come in shades of dark brown, white, and red. Softwoods tend to have lighter hues, such as lighter reds and yellows.
Many would think that hardwoods are more dense than softwoods, but that isn’t always the case. In general, softwoods tend to be more soft and flexible but there are some exceptions that are actually more dense than some hardwoods. Ultimately, the durability and hardness of your flooring will depend on the type of wood you choose.
In general, wood flooring is one of the most durable flooring options out there. That said, if you’re looking for something to put in a particularly high-traffic area then a hardwood will likely hold up to the heavy foot traffic better. While softwoods are also resilient, they can be more prone to scratching and show more imperfections as time goes on. The finish you choose for your flooring will also factor into its durability. Your flooring professional will be able to help you choose which options will work best for the needs of your project.
Since hardwoods are generally more resilient and durable, they tend to be priced higher than softwood options. When selecting options, it is important to stick to your budget. Whatever that is, Jason Brown Wood Floors can help you choose the most durable hardwood or softwood option for you.
Hardwood Flooring from Jason Brown Wood Floors
At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving the Baltimore Area for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.