FSC Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir is North America’s most plentiful softwood species, accounting for one fifth of the continent’s total softwood reserves. Because of its versatility, It also accounts for an equal amount of uses in the building materials industry!
Sterritt Lumber is proud to handle FSC Douglas Fir among its most prized products! This product not only will provide durability and strength. But it is a sustainably harvested product also!
Douglas Fir timberlands are the most productive softwood timberlands in the United States when it comes to volume per acre. More softwood lumber is produced in Oregon than in any other state due in large part to the predominance of Douglas Fir in its coastal forests. Known as the “timber basket,” the northwestern portions of the United States is governed by some of the world’s toughest environmental laws providing protection for habitat, watersheds, soils and biological diversity. Reforestation and management practices are not voluntary, they are enforced by law. This notion is very important to all of us at Sterritt Lumber.
A Few Words About Its Structural Properties
As wood loses or gains moisture, it will shrink or swell until it reaches some uniformity with the changing level of moisture in the air of its immediate environment. All lumber benefits from some degree of “seasoning,” (allowing it adjust to the humidity conditions of its surrounding atmosphere before it is installed). Because of its unique cell structure, wood shrinks primarily in width and thickness and very little in length. FSC Douglas Fir is unique among all softwood species in that it is naturally dimensionally stable, having the ability to season well in position.
FSC Douglas Fir is dimensionally stable and universally recognized for a superior strength-to-weight ratio. It provides excellent nail and plate-holding ability. The species also enjoys superior performance against strong forces resulting from natural occurrences such as winds, storms and earthquakes. It is truly the ideal structural wood for framing lumber in residential, light commercial, multistory and industrial construction.
What About Appearance Grade Douglas Fir?
For versatility and beauty, few woods in the world match the magnificence of FSC Douglas Fir. Unlike the structural grades, appearance lumber is milled and graded according to aesthetic rather than structural performance criteria. Grain pattern, texture, color, and knot size are some of the factors that influence the grade of FSC Douglas Fir.
Douglas Fir’s light rosy color is set off by its remarkably straight and handsome grain pattern. Douglas Fir is widely available in the appearance grades, and this species will “redden” over time when exposed to light. Its tough fiber makes this species difficult to work with hand tools. However, it reacts admirably to sharp power tools and machines to an exceptionally smooth, glossy surface. Douglas Fir paints easily and can hold all types of stains and finishes.
For these reasons, we are very proud to stock this stately, versatile, and dynamic wood at Sterritt Lumber! Many designers state the aesthetic appeal of clear, light, straight, vertical-grain FSC Douglas Fir is unsurpassed among the world’s softwood species. We happen to agree! Whether you are looking for structural timber or an appearance grade lumber, let us handle your diverse Douglas Fir requirements! At Sterritt Lumber, this fine product is available in 2″ and 4″ dimensions.