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  • Douglas Fir Trim Up!

    Posted on May 10, 2012 by Nicole

    Trim is to flooring and paneling as butter is to bread and biscuits. One without the other is plain and boring. Trim is the spice of life here at Altrufir, which is why we offer Douglas fir trim and molding options that go beyond the typical 1 x 2, 1 x 3, and 1 x 4 sizes. So if you’re looking for a specialty trim profile of the Douglas fir persuasion, start here.

    CVG Douglas fir Trim | Altrufir Douglas Fir Flooring & Lumber

    Douglas fir trim for stairs 

    Need to replace a few faulty stair treads and landings on your stairwell? Or are you looking to dress up your home’s central staircase in Douglas fir CVG? Cool! There are many specialty trim options available in addition to the standard trim sizes – 6’ to 12’ increments of 25 linear feet. So, don’t let an odd riser size or unique landing-piece stand in your (stair)way – call on Altrufir to help.

    Douglas fir trim for custom casework, windows, and doors

    If you’re looking to restore the original casework in your home – living room open shelving or corridor cabinets – use Doug fir trim and molding. Graded on appearance, Douglas fir offers exquisite grain clarity which accentuates the integrity of all-natural finished casework, a bonus for homeowners wanting to maintain period homes.

    And because Douglas fir is dimensionally stable, Doug fir trim is a favored and reliable choice for window and door casings. Around here we like to call Douglas fir the strongest softwood because it resists moisture and moisture-related maladies – it’s less likely to shrink, swell, and warp.

    Opt for AltruFir’s specialty trim profile when you’re renovation includes building custom or semi-custom casework. Call us when you’ve got your design down – we can help measure material for the big project.

    Douglas fir trim for cover-ups

    Doug fir trim works wonders too on surface imperfections. If you can’t stand losing another coin to the crevice between the door and floor, cover it up with trim. The same holds true for visible joists or unsightly gaps throughout your home – they’re not going anywhere. Just jot down the sizes you need and we’ll help you with the rest (including overage).

    A note on specialty orders

    Specialty orders take additional time to process and fulfill – plan your project accordingly. If you’re also in the market for flooring, paneling, or standard size trim, save on the cost of shipping by ordering all your materials at the same time. Not only will your wallet thank you, but you can recoup project time.

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  • Douglas Fir Trim Packages

    Posted on April 18, 2012 by Nicole

    We know it can be difficult to commit to buying all the trim you need for your project at once. The cost can be overwhelming. When you order your Douglas fir trim package all at once, you save money and time. Sound too good to be true? It’s not, really.

    CVG Dougls Fir Trim | Altrufir Douglas Fir Flooring & Lumber

    1x10 CVG Douglas Fir Trim

    When you order all of your Doug fir trim at the same time, you get peace of mind knowing your product will have the similar grain appearance – it comes from the same stock. You also get a fatter wallet since you won’t have to cover the cost of shipping that comes with each individual order. All it takes to order a Douglas fir trim package is preparation. Here’s how you can do it at AltruFir:

    First, pick your Douglas fir trim package

    There are many possible combinations when it comes to picking a Doug fir trim package. Order both stair treads and stair risers if you’re revamping the staircase or basement stairwell. Add pizzazz to your interior windows and doors with a CVG Douglas fir trim package – the CVG is perfect for highlighting fine door casings and window sills.

    There are Douglas fir baseboard and ceiling trim packages as well to help define your interior space no matter your home’s aesthetic. For instance, classic crown molding elevates the décor of any dining space. Replacing thin worn-out base & shoe molding with a new set of Doug fir molding and baseboard protects your walls and takes them up a notch.
    And it bears repeating that when you order all your Doug fir lumber at the same time, you’re product will be more uniform in appearance (something that is unlikely to happen when orders are placed separately over a span of time). You may only have the time, for instance, to replace your window sills room-by-room, weekend-by-weekend, but knowing that you’ve got your Doug fir trim package ready and waiting for the next go-around saves you from having to order the next set of supplies and then having to wait for them to ship…again.

    Second, get a custom profile for your trim

    Getting all your Douglas fir trim can be a tall order, but when you have to consider special profiles for your trim and moulding it can add to the apprehension you might feel about getting everything at once. Luckily, AltruFir can handle your custom profiles order. There are too many profiles to count, or list on our website, but we can mill material to whatever specifications you need, so just let us know.

    Knowing exactly how much to order for your project and specs – including overage – can be a tedious task. Rely on us to help.

    Contact AltruFir – we can help you crunch the numbers and ensure you’re getting all the material you need for your Douglas fir trim and moulding package.

    - Nicole Morales

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  • Douglas Fir Grades: C & Better

    Posted on April 11, 2012 by Nicole

    Douglas fir C & Better grade

    C & Better grade is the best Douglas fir grade available. But Doug fir buyers and browsers take note: C & Better grade can be many things to many people. So, here’s the lowdown on Douglas fir C & Better grade or C & BTR for short.

    Wait… what’s a ‘grade’ again?

    You may already be in-the-know about how the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) sets the standards for and accredits wood grading systems in the US. You may also know that these standards are carried out by lumber agencies that inspect and grademark different wood species, creating a matrix of standards and grades and finishes that can confuse the heck out of people who just want good quality, good-looking wood.

    Clear Vertical Grain Doug Fir

    What does Douglas fir C & Better grade mean?

    Douglas fir with a C & Better grade has no visible wood-knots and has an even-complexion. Clear vertical grain (CVG) Douglas fir carries a C & Better grade because it is cut to accentuate the light and dark straight grain pattern of the wood fiber. In addition to wood grain clarity, C & Better Douglas fir is less likely to change (warp) – a straight grain stays straight even when its environment doesn’t. So, C & Better grade is your best bet when durability and appearance are important.

    Is Douglas fir C & Better grade the same everywhere?

    No, it’s not. Although the ALSC accredits wood-grading systems for lumber agencies, there is room for interpretation when it comes down to different lumber agencies writing their own set of rules (based on ALSC criteria) and inspecting their own stock of lumber.

    For example, the Western Wood Products Association is just one lumber agency in the US specializing in softwood lumber on the West Coast. The Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association or NELMA writes rules for wood-grading systems for softwoods on the East Coast. Essentially, wood-grading systems vary from coast to coast.

    But did you know that there is further variation with how wood can be sold? When it comes to Douglas fir wood grades, there are structural grades and appearance grades and within these two end-use categories, there are further delineations. For instance, Douglas fir appearance grades can be called Select, Finish, Common, and Alternate.

    So why isn’t Douglas fir C & Better grade the same everywhere?

    According to the WWPA, “color, grain pattern, texture, knot type and size are the factors that influence the grade. For this reason Douglas fir [is] marketed as a distinct species to allow for a larger range of visual choices.” So with the wide range of visual choices comes a wide range of visual appearances.

    There’s Douglas fir C & Better grade with a loose-looking grain or standard grain. There’s Douglas fir C & Better grade with a tighter grain or CVG grain. And then there’s Douglas fir C & Better grade with grain patterns somewhere in between.

    All in all, Douglas fir C & Better grade is more than skin…er, wood-deep. It’s a ‘grade’ that accounts for both durability and appearance.

    - Nicole Morales

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