Hardwood Grading

Hardwood vs Softwood

Hardwood grading: hardwood vs softwood

When considering and selecting a species of hardwood, note the differences between hardwoods and their counterpart softwoods:

Hardwoods | Choice Floor Center, Inc.


  • Durable and suitable for heavy foot traffic
  • Longer lifespan
  • Often are prefinished and/or stained
  • Feature darker tones
  • Higher cost
  • Include: Maple, Oak, Walnut
Softwoods | Choice Floor Center, Inc.


  • Less durable; Soft & flexible
  • More prone to dings and scratches over time
  • Often lighter tones
  • Lower price than most Hardwood options
  • Includes: Pine and Spruce