Technical specie specifications for Alder from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.

Alder Hardwood Flooring

  • Scientific Name, Other Names: Red Alder, Western Alder, Oregon Alder, Pacific Coast Alder,
  • Description: Alder is a member of the birch family, it's moderately light and is slightly soft for a hardwood species. Alder is commonly used for furniture and cabinetry, ranking right there next to Oak. Alder is starting to get more attention for flooring due to its consistent color, stability, and its ability to accept stains and finishes so well.
  • Janka Hardness: 590 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 9,800 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 1,380 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 450
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 7.3 %
  • Radial Shrinkage: 4.4 %
  • About: Alder is the most abundant hardwood in the pacific Northwest region of the United States and is a commercially important lumber. Alder is a fast-growing, pioneer species and has nitrogen-fixing nodules on its roots. Fantastic Floor offers Alder hardwood flooring 3/4" thick, 7" wide, and random length from 2' to 8'. Alder hardwood flooring can be used for a casual, formal, or contemporary look.
  • Family: Alnus Rubra
  • Tree Characteristics: Alder trees can attain heights of 100 to 130 feet and diameters of 22-30 inches
  • Geographic Area: Alder trees grow on the Pacific Coast of North America; from southeastern Alaska through Washington and Oregon and into southern California.
  • Color: Alder tends to be a light tan to reddish brown in color with no visible distinction between heartwood and sapwood.
  • Photosensitivity: When Alder is first cut it is white but quickly hanges colors as soon as its exposed to enough air. Alder's color darkens and reddens with age.
  • Luster: Alder hardwood flooring can be found with finishes that range from low matte to semi gloss.
  • Grain: Alder has a faint, generally straight grain pattern.
  • Texture: Alder hardwood has a moderately fine, uniform texture.
  • Drying Characteristics: It is best to acclimate engineered Alder flooring for 1 week and solid Alder flooring for 2 weeks prior to installation.
  • Working Characteristics: Alder is moderately lightweight, machines well, nails, screws, and glues well. Alder will finish smoothly and takes stain well. It is important to keep relative humidity levels in the home between 35% and 50% when installing Alder hardwood floorings.
  • Durability Rating: Alder is rated non-durable to perishable regarding decay resistance.
  • Applications: Alder is used for hardwood flooring, cabinetry, furniture, doors, moulding, and turnings. Please note, unfinished Alder flooring is sold in open, strapped bundles and not sold in boxes. Prefinished Solid Alder flooring and prefinished Engineered Alder flooring are sold in boxes. Alder flooring must be purchased in full bundles or boxes. Box and bundle sizes may vary.

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