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All About Coastal Douglas Fir

Our forest products company is fortunate to be able to manufacture coastal Douglas Fir products from sustainably sourced old growth forests here on the island. Native to the Pacific Northwest, Douglas Fir trees are a popular fir species for both residential and small commercial builds. This type of wood is also favoured by builders for industrial and multi-level structures, as well as bridges. The softwood can be discovered growing across Vancouver Island, along the southern mainland Coast, and throughout southern British Columbia. Typically, a Douglas Fir can survive for more than 750 years. They can potentially grow up to 85 meters high on the Coast. No doubt about it, this softwood possesses numerous virtues that make it the ideal wood for constructing buildings and furniture. Coastal Douglas Fir boasts a number of excellent features and functions.
  • Aesthetically beautiful for luxurious, modern builds
  • Douglas Fir lumber inspires carpenters and woodworkers with its straight, fine-grain, tight knots, and light yellow to reddish brown colour
  • The logs may be cut to expose the characteristic grain pattern that looks fantastic in interior woodwork, such as wide plank floors and cabinetry
  • Left unstained, Douglas Fir easily accepts varnish to showcase its natural colour and grain
  • This type of wood is the highest rated of all North American softwoods in both stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio
  • In addition, this fir species is qualified for structures that require the ability to withstand strong winds and earthquakes
  • The stiffness of this wood makes it superb for solid flooring
  • Fir is also a good choice for building top quality window and door frames
  • Resists corrosion; therefore, terrific for containers
  • Receives adhesives easily; when combined with its strength, Douglas Fir is perfect for the manufacture of glue-laminated products
  • Effortlessly takes a smooth coat of paint or varnish since the wood has few resins
  • Stains well
  • The natural grain of the wood grips nails and screws without splitting
  • Because of its coarse texture, Fir is ideal for working with sharp power tools as opposed to hand tools
  • The soft grain of Douglas Fir can be carved with intricate patterns with ease
  • Retains its size and shape without cracking or shrinking as the softwood is seasoned; therefore, it may be nailed green and allowed to season in place
  • Durable and strong, Douglas Fir wood is particularly resistant to decay
  • Relatively low in weight compared to its strength
  • Ideal for post and beam design
  • Can support heavy loads; therefore, ideal for heavy construction
  • Locally sourced
Now you can see why builders love to build with Douglas Fir. Please get in touch with our experienced professionals at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products for further information on building with this naturally stunning softwood.
How to Achieve a Modern House Design

Elegant Accents

Cedar trees are inherently beautiful and grow abundantly on BC’s West Coast. While undeniably a versatile softwood for modern building and renovations, there are countless ways cedar wood is being incorporated in design features. Both designers and homeowners are beginning to feature elegant cedar accents in new and old builds. But first, Yellow and Western Red Cedar from Longhouse has a number of familiar uses. 

Common Cedar Features

  • Traditional wood gables over entryways
  • Attractive cedar fencing panels
  • Custom multi-level decking around the home
  • Aromatic chests and closets
  • Interior paneling
  • Park boardwalks
  • Planters
  • Wood beams
But cedar is further highlighted in awe-inspiring contemporary design as well.

Modern Cedar Accents & Features

  • Silvery grey West Coast style beach houses (unstained cedar left to age naturally)
  • Drop channel diagonal or vertical cedar wood siding
  • Other cedar siding designs, such as board & batten or tongue & groove
  • Warm wood siding paired with cool stainless-steel windows 
  • Mixed glass and cedar wood walls
  • Mixed vertical and horizontal installed wood siding
  • Classic, rustic knotty Western Red Cedar siding 
  • Cedar mixed with stone and steel materials for contemporary projects
  • Cedar deck furniture
  • Exterior and interior cedar beams
  • Rough sawn cedar fascia
  • Raised cedar box garden beds
  • Fire treated cedar on retirement homes and wood school buildings
  • Dark stained cedar (ie. Charcoal Grey) siding and decking
  • Sophisticated wood farmhouse renovations
  • Cedar clad roof with skylights
  • Stylish wood window shutters
  • Pre-stained cedar window frames
  • Graphic cedar accent wall inside the home
  • Pre-stained cedar front door
  • Pre-stained cedar garage door
  • Cedar shakes for roofs and siding
  • Privacy cedar panels installed around home exterior and landscaping
  • Outdoor or indoor cedar sauna
People have always been attracted to the rustic allure and versatile characteristics of Western Red Cedar. Innovative Northwest Coast Indigenous cultures used cedar to make baskets, canoes, totems, and medicines. They made cedar popular because it’s not prone to cracking, and therefore pliable, and also repels insects. Certainly, homeowners needn’t commit to designing a building entirely with cedar. There are countless design accents that can highlight cedar beautifully in any home scheme. Cedar adds a natural warmth and outdoor charm to any build, making it a popular building selection for designers and homeowners alike. Moreover, cedar wood presents a natural warmth that cannot be imitated by other materials. Our dedicated professionals at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products can help you plan for your next project. We also ship our custom cut Yellow and Western Red Cedar products worldwide.
Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

It’s easy to see why cedar remains a popular siding choice among Canadians, in spite of the higher costs. Cedar is extremely durable, and its natural preservatives guard from the ravages of rot, decay and insects. Longhouse manufactures an excellent selection of custom cedar siding profiles. Each has its own features, so it’s good to know a little about them before making an informed choice for a project.

BEVEL SIDING

Commonly known as ‘clapboard’ siding, this is possibly the most popular wood siding. Cedar bevel siding comes available in any width and is installed horizontally.

Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

Bevel siding is manufactured by re-sawing lumber at an angle to make thicker pieces on one edge, resulting in saw textured pieces on one side. The other side can be smooth or saw textured depending on both cedar grade and customer preference. Due to its thickness, it provides a beautiful shadow line along the building exterior.

Western Red Cedar bevel siding comes available in solid wood or finger-joined. This style is also available in clear and knotty grades.

CHANNEL SIDING

Channel, or ‘lap’ cedar siding, is also popular with customers desiring a rustic look. This type of siding comes with flexible installation options: vertical, horizontal, and even diagonal.

Installing lap siding results in a shadow-line look, due to the fact that each board partially overlaps the next, thus creating a channel between boards. The overlap also provides additional protection from moisture.

Channel siding comes in a variety of patterns, widths, and thicknesses. It’s also offered in either clear or knotty grades, smooth or saw textured. An additional benefit of channel siding is that it expands and contracts under changing temperatures without cracking or warping.

CUSTOM TONGUE & GROOVE

Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

The most versatile siding choice by far, tongue and groove cedar siding is made when boards are manufactured to have a protruding tongue on one edge and a groove on the other, so that one board fits into the other. This is installed vertically, horizontally, and diagonally as well.

Tongue and groove custom siding is available in the same options as channel siding.

BOARD & BATTEN SIDING

Board and batten siding is manufactured with wide clear or knotty Western Red Cedar and installed with battens (narrow boards) vertically over the joints. Any combination of board widths may be used to achieve the desired effect.

Furthermore, boards can be installed in reverse with the wider boards over the battens to create a deep channel effect. Although there are many choices, a typically appealing combination is 1×3” battens with 1×10” boards.

Popular Cedar Siding Profiles

Nothing compares to the warmth and natural beauty cedar siding provides. All cedar siding products are available in high grade clear stains and colours, which naturally affects costs. The customer can save when choosing ‘green’ or unseasoned Western Red Cedar siding.

Now you know the features of cedar siding. For further information, contact the seasoned professionals at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products in Parksville. They can help direct you to traditional or custom siding profiles perfect for you, all using FSC Certified Western Red Cedar.

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

When using cedar siding in residential or commercial building applications, the decision must be made whether to leave the cedar untreated to weather naturally, or to have it stained. Purchasing pre-stained cedar siding not only preserves the grain, but also offers further design choices. While the siding requires re-staining and regular cleaning, the aesthetics deliver viewing pleasure for decades to come. Besides making the siding job more efficient, there are other reasons for purchasing pre-stained cedar.

The Benefits of Installing Pre-stained Cedar Siding

According to Brian Jenkins, owner/operator of Longhouse, the benefits of pre-stained cedar siding are enormous. First of all, the treatment can be applied 365 days/year in their facility. Additionally, he estimates that the cost of pre-stained is roughly one third of hiring someone to stain on site.

Pre-stained cedar siding gets delivered to the job site protected from weather conditions—therefore, no scrambling to tarp stacks of untreated cedar from rain. Furthermore, if workers are applying the stain, weather can cause delays, siding can get wet, and there remains a mess to clean up afterwards. Also, on-site staining can result in an inferior finish compared to machine-staining.

Forgoing stain altogether may also result in a shorter siding life-span. Jenkins explains that in the northern hemisphere, the south side of a building should be re-stained about every 4-5 years; the rest can be done every 6-7 years. This is because intense UV rays break down the stain colourants. Re-staining is relatively cheap and requires little prepping when done in a timely manner.

A natural softwood, cedar siding is more expensive, but when properly maintained, it can last nearly a lifetime. It’s also more eco-friendly than other materials, and pre-treated siding is more environmentally safe than the cedar being sprayed at the job site; therefore, you have a healthier work environment. In addition, cedar siding is susceptible to fewer problems than other types of wood, such as rot, bacteria, and mildew.

Furthermore, pre-stained cedar done by the manufacturer under controlled conditions ensures proper moisture content and consistent application. So in addition to avoiding the costs of hiring someone to stain untreated cedar, purchasing pre-stained siding delivers a durable and appealing end product, available in any colour under the sun.

Indeed, production won’t be at the mercy of sub-contractors’ schedules and less storage is required at the job site. The efficiency of having the cedar siding delivered to the job site pre-stained and ready to install can’t be understated.

Pre-stained cedar is clearly an organic choice for builders and homeowners who value West Coast style, longevity, and supporting eco-friendly products. In addition to its many other benefits, cedar is biodegradable and will not end up clogging the local landfill. The dedicated professionals at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products are happy to help you with your upcoming building ventures, no matter the location, since they deliver the finished product worldwide.