Hardwood or Softwood?

A common question often asked is what is the difference between softwoods and hardwoods. It would be easy to think that these terms mean the timber is hard and soft but it refers to the type of tree that the timber comes from. Softwood comes from deciduous trees while Hardwood comes from evergreen trees.

Softwoods are renowned for their versatility and strength. Sourced from all over the globe, with a large breadth of applications and a remarkably aesthetic appeal, softwood can be used across a broad range of internal and external projects – from furniture and flooring, to decking, landscaping, external joinery and structural applications.

At Arnold Laver, we provide the broadest and most comprehensive range of softwood species and grades to cover all your timber requirements. A core range of softwoods is held in stock at all branches, backed up by daily supplies from our National Distribution Centre. As well as standard products, we also manufacture to order, with machining, grading and treatment facilities available group-wide.

Hardwood is the ultimate versatile material, with applications ranging from furniture production, musical instruments, flooring, construction and boat-building. It is a material of real beauty, available in countless combinations of species, specifications and colours.

At Arnold Laver, we carry what we believe to be one of the widest timber and timber-based product ranges in the UK, and we pride ourselves on the high standards of our materials. We aim to be able to meet virtually any hardwood requirement from stock. But when we can’t, we’ll source it specially. We also offer a full machining service and can supply everything from simple lengths of timber to intricate mouldings.

With both products showing versatility in a variety of ways, they can be used for a multitude of designs. Whatever your project we at Arnold Laver have the knowledge and materials to suit your needs.

Softwood is often used in the construction of roof trusses


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