Fir or pine wood. Which is better?
Fir and pine are softwoods, and their density and hardness are similar. Both are light in weight and color. However, the processing of spruce wood is more complicated than that of pine. Due to their softness, they are not suitable for projects with high-wear floors.
Pine wood is generally medium weight and tends to be soft. It is easy to work. It has good durability similar to fir, but like fir it cannot withstand moisture well without additional protection. Due to its flexibility, pine is widely used by the construction industry. Interior decorators use pine for paneling and furniture.
Color: Both pine and fir are light-colored woods with growth rings and knots. Because of this, the growth rings and knots stand out and are aesthetically pleasing. This aspect makes it ideal for making furniture. In the case of fir, the growth rings are darker and have a greater color contrast.
Weather Resistance: Fir is generally durable, but it can't handle moisture well. If not coated with preservatives, this wood can rot quickly. If left in its raw form, the wood decays in about two years. Natural spruce can easily splinter and break.
Pine wood comes from the humid and cold forests of Europe, Asia and the Americas. Both have similar resistance to humidity and are difficult to apply protective treatments and stains, but pine wood has greater porosity which allows better penetration of protective liquids.
Resistance to infestations: Fir wood is soft and susceptible to insect infestations. Insects can do extensive damage to spruce if not covered with a protective coating. The spruce beetle can kill entire large trees if left unchecked.
Appearance: Carpenters use pine wood to make high-value joinery items such as furniture and paneling. Pine wood has high-contrast grains and circular patterns. It is lightweight and has good resistance to shrinkage and swelling. Pine wood looks best with a natural-looking finish. Wood can be covered with a clear coat of wax or varnish to achieve and enhance this look.
Sustainability: pine trees grow very fast and are easy and cheap to process. Due to its rapid growth, pine is a sustainable source of wood. Pine trees help repair deforestation due to their speed of growth. Adding that the wood comes from controlled logging with FSC certification makes it a very respectful option with the environment.
Juegoyjardin's outdoor children playgrounds are made of Nordic pine. It is the most widely used natural material in construction due to its hardness, lightness and resistance to outdoor use. Due to its natural nature, it is important to apply a good surface finish to ensure greater durability of the material.