Heartwood yellowish tan to light brown. Sapwood tan to white. Heartwood is similar to and can be confused with Southern yellow pine. Fir is photosensitive, which means it can have a significant color change with continuous exposure to sunlight. Fir will often darken and take on a rich, orange-red color.
The wood grain is normally straight, with an occasional wavy or spiral texture. Nearly all fir flooring is vertical-grain or rift sawn douglas fir clear-grade material.
Fir varies in weight and strength. Young trees of moderate to rapid growth have reddish heartwood and are called red fir. The narrow-ringed wood of old trees may be yellowish-brown and is known as yellow fir. Fir is generally considered soft for a wood floor, but it has been widely used in the NW for hundreds of years as a sustainable and renewable building material.
rift sawn douglas fir is readily available for purchase new, however, if we are restoring an old fir floor, we may prefer to salvage the flooring from one of our trusted recycle/ salvage partners.