‘Douglas Fir’ softwood from Canadian Wood
Douglas fir is one of the best known wood species in the world. In British Columbia, there are two varieties — coastal and interior. The ‘coastal’ variety is found along the southern mainland coast and across Vancouver Island, except for the very northern tip. The ‘interior’ variety is found throughout southern British Columbia, and as far north as the centre of the province. Douglas fir is primarily used for building and construction purposes due to its strength and availability of large dimensions from old-growth trees. It is one of the finest timbers for heavy structural purposes, including laminated arches and roof trusses. Structurally, it is used in the form of lumber, timbers and plywood. It is also used for the manufacturing of sashes, doors and windows, and to produce a variety of products including general millwork, flooring, furniture, cabinets, veneer and poles. In simpler terms, it means that it is tough and durable. It can handle heavy load without bending or buckling. These are important considerations when you’re building a glulam beam structure or a pre-fabricated home. Douglas fir is also known for being very dimensionally stable; when it expands and contracts due to moisture in the environment (as all types of wood do), it holds its shape better than most species. Furthermore, it has a light, rosy colour that is unique so one can simply seal it with a clean finish and leave its natural colour exposed. If a different tone is required, Douglas fir is also known for holding all types of stains, finishes, and paints very well. It’s no secret that Douglas fir is a superior wood choice for doors meant for the indoors. They add natural beauty to the interior design of any home, and are available in a variety of styles to suit the decor. Available in styles with a single-wood panel to as many as six wood panels, every Douglas fir door is crafted with a vertical grain.