Technical specie specifications for Douglas Fir from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.
Douglas Fir Softwood Flooring
- Scientific Name, Other Names: Pseudotsuga menziesii, Blue Douglas-fir, British Columbia pine, British Colubian pine, Coast Douglas-fir, Colorado Douglas-fir, Colorado Pino real, Colorado real, Columbian Pine, Douglas spruce, Inland Douglas-fir, Interior Douglas-fir, Oregon Douglas-fir, Oregon pine, Puget Sound pine, Red fir, Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir, Yellow fir
- Description: The Douglas Fir can be found in abundance across the continent of North America, serving as a familiar sight for millions. Used often as a staple for construction, Douglas Fir is also renowned for its strength and durability. In addition to its strength, Douglas Fir has a rich, visually soothing color combination with the heartwood varying from creamy yellowish-brown for older trees to light red for younger trees and complimented by pale white tones.
- Janka Hardness: 660 pounds
- Strength (MOR): 12,400 psi
- Stiffness (MOE): 1,950 1000 psi
- Density (KG/m3): 530
- Tangential Shrinkage: 7.6 %
- Radial Shrinkage: 4.8 %
- About: Designers appreciate the rich visual quality of Douglas fir and enjoy its beautiful response to fine craftsmanship and finishing. When sawn to expose its vertical grain, Douglas fir is particularly attractive. Douglas fir’s light rosey colour, which darkens over time when exposed to UV rays, is set off by its remarkably straight grain pattern.
- Family: Pinaceae
- Tree Characteristics: Can grow to 150' tall, predominantly found in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
- Geographic Area: Pacific NW and Northern California
- Color: Difficult to distinguish when freshly cut, heart wood will darken on exposure and sap wood will not.
- Photosensitivity: Heart wood will darken to a rich reddish orange. Sap wood will not darken.
- Luster: Low, light.
- Grain: Straight grain
- Texture: Smooth, very little torn grain.
- Drying Characteristics: Stable and fairly easy to dry. Vertical grain known for being both hard for a softwood and very stable.
- Working Characteristics: Very easy to work.
- Durability Rating: Only slight natural durability in the heartwood.
- Applications: Interior trim, flooring, moulding, windows, doors, heavy construction, framing and general carpentry.
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