Features Of Hardwoods
Angiosperms are the producers of hardwoods. The complex structure that the hardwoods have makes them grow slower in comparison to softwoods.
When it comes to hardwoods, their wood is much harder when compared with softwoods. One can characterize the hardwood trees as being deciduous because they shed their leaves in winter and fall.
Hardwoods have a high density which makes them to be harder. Non porosity does not have any relation to the density of the hardwood, which is a typical assumption that many people make.
Types of hardwood that you are likely to find are; alder, ash, apple, basswood, birch, cherry, Cyprus, elm, hickory, oak, walnut, poplar, and maple.
Three categories which hardwoods are grouped into are tropical hardwoods, temperate hardwoods and European hardwoods.
Some of the uses that hardwood has includes; for fuel, in making of tools, construction, boat building, furniture making, making of charcoal, flooring, barrels, cooking and in the making of musical instruments.
Application of hardwood in furniture making is made so due to the favorable features that it has including; stiffness, strength, tight grain and resistance to impact and this also makes it a favorite among the furniture makers and the wood workers.
Applications of hardwood in the home is seen in features which are inclusive of flooring being the main one, kitchen cabinet doors, interior trim work, stair steps, railing parts, fireplace mantels and other fireplace features.
They are used in musical instruments and furniture because they are durable, perform better and have a good appearance.
The hardwood applies to the construction industry due to the different types of features that it has such as the density, grain, pore size, fiber pattern, flexibility, growth and ability to be steam bent.
The benefits that are associated with hardwoods include easy maintenance, they are strong, they have a good appearance and the cost relates to the quality.
The cost of hardwoods is normally high but the quality of the product is worth the money you pay for it.
Hardwoods are very easy to maintain in terms of cleanliness. Good maintenance makes the hardwood to last longer and therefore bringing about the advantage of being durable.
Hardwood is generally strong due to its high density which makes the structures that are made from it to be strong.
Hardwood has an enhanced appearance which comes from the many different ways which you can use to style or decorate the hardwood. Another feature of the hardwoods is that they have many color combination which one can use to enhance the appearance of the structures they want to make from it.