What is Softwood Flooring
Softwood comes from evergreen trees (which have leaves all year round) and are known as gymnosperms. The seeds of these trees aren´t covered and tend to be lightweight and distributed by the wind, although they may have fruits that fall to the ground.
Advantages of Softwood Flooring
The greatest advantage of softwood flooring is its lower cost relative to other lumbers. And while the softer wood might dent and scuff more easily, some people like the character that wear and tear adds to the floor in country homes, and they prefer the softer material for these qualities.
Types of Softwood Flooring
Softwood flooring is usually manufactured with tongue and groove so that the floor can be installed with a smooth surface and no gaps. The wood may be purchased already finished (sanded and stained) or in a natural state with the finishing to be done by the installer. Examples of softwood trees are cedar, Douglas fir, juniper, pine, redwood, spruce, and yew.
Uses of Softwood Flooring
Softwoods are cheaper and easier to work with than hardwoods. As such, they make up the bulk of all wood used in the world, with about 80% of all timber being a softwood. This is impressive considering hardwoods are much more common in the world than softwoods. Softwoods have a wide range of applications and are found in building components (e.g., windows, doors), furniture, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), paper, Christmas trees, and much more. Pines are one of the most commonly used softwoods.