HARDWOOD VS SOFTWOOD
Choosing the right material is one of the key points in your remodeling process. When it comes to wood, we already know about its versatility and the endless possibilities we can create with it, making our design dreams come true easily.
However, it is important to understand the properties and characteristics of our materials. Let’s take a closer look today at the differences between hardwood and softwood.
THE SEED MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
Contrary to popular belief, the difference between hardwood and softwood has less to do with the strength of the tree and more with the seed type and reproduction of the species.
Hardwood trees (like oak, maple, or walnut) are angiosperms, their seeds have some sort of covering: a fruit or a hard shell. They are also deciduous trees, which means that they shed all or most of their leaves annually.
Monocots, like palm trees or bamboo, are not considered hardwood even though they are, in fact, angiosperm plants.
Softwood trees (like pine, cedar, or cypress) are gymnosperms. The seed-filled corn falls to the ground and is spread by the wind to other trees. Softwood trees maintain their leaves throughout the year (evergreen).
GROWTH RATE RELATES WITH PRICE
Softwood trees grow quicker than most hardwoods, they can mature in ten to twenty years, whereas hardwood trees need from twenty-five to one hundred years to fully mature. This huge difference has an impact on pricing. Softwoods are faster to harvest, more “available” and in fact, affordable.
CELL STRUCTURE: THE KEY TO DENSITY, STRENGTH, AND DURABILITY.
One fundamental difference between hardwood and softwood is the cellular structure. Pores, in hardwoods, are the vessels that transport water and nutrients within the wood. In softwoods, tracheids transport water and produce sap.
Hardwoods‘ complex and condensed structure is the reason why these types of trees have higher density and strength.
EXPERIENCE WITH HARDWOOD
At RIVA, we are proud to count on a team of experts with extensive knowledge of wood. Our understanding of its properties and characteristics makes us create timeless collections that fit every lifestyle.
Visit www.rivaspain.com to discover our durable and high-quality products made with 100% European Oak.