Softwoods are derived mostly from coniferous trees. Offering fast growth and the ability to be manipulated easily. Softwoods are one of the most used types of timber. The uses range from dimensional lumber and plywood to interior moldings, window manufacturing, interior doors and more. For exterior use you can buy timber that’s impregnated with biocides, also known as treated lumber. Use treated lumber anytime there will be ground contact and the possibility of moisture. After making a cut on treated lumber make sure you apply a preservative to the cut end to insure proper treatment.

Using softwoods for window jambs and casings is a very common. With its abundance there is a low cost per linear foot. One way to prolong the life of your softwoods is to protect it with a good finish. Whether that’s a high quality paint, or multiple coats of polyurethane over stain, you will want to protect your work with a durable finish.


Hardwoods are mainly made of deciduous trees. Hardwoods are broad leaved slow growth trees. Offering dense lumber with high durability. Common Hardwoods are oak, maple, cherry, teak and walnut. Being slow growth naturally drives the price up. Along with dense lumber comes extended dry times, also raising manufacturing price. Hardwoods are commonly used where superior durability and longevity are most needed such as furniture, cabinetry, flooring, joinery projects, high end trim work and more.

Again, the best way to protect your project is with a good finish. Don’t skimp on this part as it will determine the longevity, durability and the look of your completed project.