What is the Difference Between Hardwood and Softwood Flooring?

Hollis, NH Homeowner Asks

Armstrong-HardwoodThe type of tree that the flooring is made from classifies it as hardwood or softwood. Hardwood is able to withstand wear and tear better than softwood, which is more susceptible to dents and damage. The most common softwoods, pine, spruce and fir, are generally lower cost than hardwood.

In the market to replace their living room floor, a family in Hollis inquired about the differences between hardwood and softwood.

Hardwood vs. Softwood: Choosing Your Tree

Woods that are considered softwood include pine, fir, cypress, cedar, spruce and hemlock. The availability can vary depending on the area of the country. This type of wood flooring is less expensive to install than its hardwood counterpart, but can show wear and tear easily.

Hardwood flooring is generally made from oak, maple and cherry. These woods are much more resistant to damage than softwood, ensuring that that floor will hold up over time. While more expensive, hardwood is well worth the investment in both beauty and durability.

For High Traffic Areas, Hardwood Holds Up Better

While softwood flooring is not necessarily made from “soft” trees, it is susceptible to dings and dents, showing damage over time. This can be from a dropped can or book leaving a dent to visible scratches in the floor. This vulnerability makes hardwood a better choice for high traffic areas and homes with young children.

The family in Hollis was looking for a replacement floor that would last so they opted for a stunning oak hardwood floor in the living room that will hold up for many years to come. They couldn’t be happier with the finished product.

If it is time to replace your flooring with hardwood, stop by our showroom and see our wide range of wood flooring or give us a call (603) 673-2201.