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The softwood timber is the type of wood that comes mostly from the coniferous trees which usually grows in northern hemisphere. These are fast growing trees, which mean they are considerably economical to growth than that of the hardwood. Therefore softwood timber is usually cheap. Most of such trees are generally evergreen besides trees like larch and bald cypress.

The softwoods don’t contain vessels unlike the hardwoods that are inherited in them. So it is cheaper and easier to work. They are less durable and easily get decayed in areas which have higher moisture content. Because of this nature they are pressure treated industrially before using it for outdoor purposes with some kind of wood preservatives.

Contact the Melbourne timber wholesale for any type of softwood deck project. You will certainly get it at an affordable price.

Some Of The Softwoods Uses

  • The majority of the woods that are used in constructions are softwoods and they are easier to work.
  • These softwoods are easy to work with, inexpensive and are available in large quantity, so about 90 percent of almost all decking are from softwood that is pressure treated.
  • Also used commonly for building materials, furniture, cardboard and paper.

Uses And Major Types Of Softwood Decks

Common Types
Most of the decks in UK, America, and other Scandinavian countries are constructed with softwood duckboards, softwood framing, and the joists.

Softwood decks are produced typically from coniferous trees such as-

  • Pine– The Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Spruce– The Norway spruce normally known as Christmas tree (Picea abies)
  • Fri-Abies- Silver Fir
  • Cedar– Thuya (the Red Cedar)
  • Hemlock– Tsuga, this type is rare to find

Softwood are quick in growth and can be replanted on regular cropping basis. Unlike softwood, hardwoods take time to mature and can’t be replanted regularly for investment.

Red cedar– Western red cedar often called as the cedar decking is a softwood that comes from conifer and is known as the Thuja or Thuya. The cedar deck comes from Arborvitae Thuja species, the Thuja Plicata. Cedar is a softwood material for decking but it is durable timber and straight grained when coarse and can easily be worked.

The Scots Pine– Produce fine grained and is often known as Redwood. Other conifers that are mentioned above normally produce softwood known as the whitewood. The Redwood timber is denser than that of the whitewood, which grain closer having very few knots or defects and it is usually straight grained. Because of this property

Redwood is more desirable– for joinery work and also for the quality woodworking. Example of Redwood is the southern yellow Pine.

The southern yellow Pine- Also known as the Pitch Pine and is normally produce from the Pine species. This pine has holds nail perfectly and its nail holding capacity generally increases as it dries. This type of softwood is vastly used in USA. They are straight, ease to work with, and widely grained.

Some types of softwood can be harder and denser than hardwoods. Conifers generally don’t flower. Redwood are expensive than the whitewood due to its market demands and pine trees grow slowly in comparison to Spruce or Fir.

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