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Manufacturing fine home finishes from solid Doug Fir.
Douglas Fir Flooring
Doug Fir makes beautiful flooring. Will it hold up?
Many of our customers are replacing or repairing 100 year old doug fir flooring all across North America. That fact alone speaks volumes about the species use as flooring. The floors, if made from solid wood, can be sanded and re-finished for decades. There are harder woods being used for flooring, however they are typically only a veneer and can't be refinished. Speak to your installer, or research online about the best finish to apply. Original turn of the century doug fir flooring was only covered with simple tongue oil. Today there are many finishes that add hardness, and may stretch the life of your floor even farther.
What is Douglas Fir?
Pseudotsuga menziesii is an evergreen conifer species of the Pseudotsuga genus from the Pinaceae family. Also known as Oregon pine and 'coast Douglas-fir', it grows in the coastal regions from west-central British Columbia southward to central California. In Washington/Oregon its range is continuous from the eastern edge of the Cascades west to the Pacific Coast Ranges and Pacific Ocean. In California, it is found in the Klamath and California Coast Ranges as far south as the Santa Lucia Range, with a small stand as far south as the Purisima Hills in Santa Barbara County. In the Sierra Nevada, it ranges as far south as the Yosemite region. It occurs from near sea level along the coast to 5,900 ft above sea level in the mountains of California.
The species is extensively used in forestry as a plantation tree. The timber is used for joinery, veneer, flooring and construction due to its strength, hardness and durability
When used in construction the fiber can be used green, but is often kiln dried to 17-19% humidity.
When used in millwork, kiln drying to 10-12% is generally considered standard. For use in millwork applications, it can be sawn flat grain/mix grain, or vertical grain (aka quarter sawn or straight grain). Flat grain and vertical have two very different appearances, with strength and durability also being effected.