‘Softwood’ is an umbrella term used to describe several different sorts of timber. It tends to come from gymnosperms – a variety of seed-producing plant which includes the pine. As opposed to angiosperms, whose seeds are stored in a flower, the seeds of this sort of tree are external (like the pine cone).
Despite what you might assume based on its name, softwoods are hardy, and will withstand all but the most bruising assault. Paired with a suitable finishing coat, they’ll also capably resist scratches and other minor damage.
Among the softwoods used for the patio doors on this page is redwood, which is notably for its excellent dimensional stability and reduced moisture uptake. These two strengths are related; since the wood isn’t very permeable, it doesn’t take on water, and therefore doesn’t change its shape easily. Suffice to say, both attributes are hugely useful when it comes to external doors, which must repel the elements.
Pine is another variety of softwood. It’s often employed as an alternative to oak, thanks to its attractive appearance, which is enhanced further with just a little bit of staining. With a coat of suitable finish, a pine door will be able to serve admirably on the exterior of your home. Pine doors also offer excellent sound-insulation properties – which makes them perfectly suited to properties near busy roads.
One of the crowning virtues of softwood is that it comes from fast-growing trees. This means that it can be harvested more quickly, which pushes down the price. As such, softwood provides an affordable means of obtaining many of the same benefits offered by hardwoods – they look fantastic, they’re hardy enough to last the distance, and they’ll keep unwanted noise at bay. What more could one ask for?
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