Using Pressure Treated Douglas Fir vs. Pressure Treated Hemlock Fir for your Next Project – What’s the Difference?

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At The Lumber Baron, we feel that an informed customer is a better customer. We want you to understand the differences in the material we provide when compared to the big lumber stores we compete with because it illustrates why coming to our lumberyard is the best solution for your projects. Forget the myth that all pressure treated fir is the same, and let us explain why pressure treated Douglas fir is the more economical choice.

The Misconception

Many builders and woodworkers believe that all pressure treated fir is the same, and those big box lumber companies are willing to let them do so. The fact is that Douglas fir is stronger and more stable, making it a better choice for any projects which are exposed to the elements or required to bear a load. Those big stores are selling a “generic” pressure treated fir at a slightly lower price than The Lumber Baron’s more dependable Douglas fir. This increases their profits at your expense, even before that pressure treated hem fir has to be replaced– and it probably will.

Hem Fir Vs. Doug Fir

While both types of fir are in the same family of lumber, there are huge differences between them. Douglas fir tends to be stronger and sturdier type of wood while Hemlock fir is more prone warping or splitting. For your wood projects, choosing a more dependable material at the beginning can save you a lot of money in the long term. It is a much more economical decision to purchase a better quality of material at the outset
than to have to repair or replace inferior material a year or so down the road.

Benefits of Douglas Fir

There are several reasons why Douglas fir is a better choice for your construction projects, but the easy answer is that it is a better quality of wood. It grows denser the  hemlock fir, and that means it can stand up to more weight, frequent weather extremes, and will be less likely to warp or split after the job is done. Reclaimed Douglas fir will cost a little more than the more common hem fir, but think of that small difference as an investment in quality and durability.

In addition our extensive selection of lumber, The Lumber Baron also provides custom milling and resurfacing. Custom milling is perfect for matching non-standard lumber sizes in restoration projects, or having your lumber cut to match specific needs. When using reclaimed Douglas fir, ask us about custom resurfacing to restore the inner beauty of old lumber.

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