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Building Stronger With Kiln Dried Douglas Fir

Building Stronger With Kiln Dried Douglas Fir

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Native to the Pacific Northwest, Douglas Fir is one of the strongest North American softwoods. Its qualities make it one of the first choice for contractors to use for such things as framing for buildings, bridges and railroad ties as its ideal for structures that need to withstand high winds or earthquakes. Its stiffness also makes it great for flooring. Some woods can shrink, crack or twist as moisture levels change, what makes Douglas Fir such a popular choice is that it retains its size and shape as it seasons.

Building Stronger With Kiln Dried Douglas Fir

The Kiln Drying process subjects the Douglas Fir to drying cycles while maintaining consistent temperature and humidity levels. This drying process helps to further increase stability, reduce checking and maximize equalization within the wood. Traditional air drying of wood can take days, Kiln Drying can be done a lot quicker, making it more cost effective. Bugs and insects are also killed during the drying process.

Here at Longhouse, we use coastal Douglas Fir products from sustainably sourced old growth Vancouver Island Douglas Fir to manufacture structural products such as timbers and beams perfect for roof decking and flooring. The tough nature of Kiln Dried Douglas Fir make it the perfect material for high traffic residential and commercial applications. Available in many head turning finishes, and also fire treated with our class A non-toxic retardant for commercial properties. The wide plank solid flooring adds a bold statement to any room.

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products is proud to be FSC® certified by the Rainforest Alliance since 2007. FSC® is the only Forest certification system that environmental groups like Greenpeace, The sierra club and WWF support. Longhouse supports sound forest practices and effective management of forest resources for future generations to enjoy.

Benefits of Building with Cedar

Benefits of Building with Cedar

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Cedar trees grow where the weather is damp. Due to the destructive nature of fungus, microorganisms and insects in these conditions, cedar trees have developed self-protective qualities which allows the cedar trees to fend off insects, rots and temperature related stresses. It’s because of this inherent ability that cedar wood is extremely valued in areas where humidity, temperature and cracking problems can occur.

Unlike other types of wood, cedar will not warp due to moisture due to its remarkable dimensional stability. Meaning, that despite weather, humidity or temperature conditions, cedar wood doesn’t change its size or dimension, making it perfect for house siding. And being a light, porous type of wood, cedar can also absorb noise, which can be beneficial when used as fencing or siding. The oil within the wood emits an earthy, woodsy and slightly sweet scent which not only enhances the atmosphere in and around your home, but also helps to keep moths and other insects at bay making it a popular choice for around hot tubs and saunas.

Benefits of Building with Cedar

Building with cedar wood is also environmentally friendly as it’s actually more environmentally superior to synthetic products. It has a negative greenhouse gas effect, meaning it actually removes these gasses from the atmosphere, and it’s renewable and biodegradable. The unique tones and patterns of cedar make it a popular choice for adding a warm, durable, natural beauty to the exterior of homes as siding, eaves, decking, soffits and fascia. Cedar doesn’t have to be stained because of its inherent qualities, but in most cases pre-stained is recommended, making it great for any type of home.

The aesthetics of cedar wood, especially the colouring of the Western Red Cedar which is rich with crisp colours and tonal properties can magically transform outdoor spaces, liven up home décor, and inspire innovative architectural designs. Great for adding light and warmth to any area, cedar comes in a smooth or knotty variety. Each variety has its own characteristics giving it its own natural and distinct signature.

The many benefits of building with cedar wood goes back centuries with the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Today, more and more discerning architects and builders are enhancing their projects with this beautiful and sustainable resource. No man-made product can match the beauty, performance and longevity of cedar. It seems nature still knows best despite all efforts at imitation.