Royal Wood Floors Helps Home Owners in Milwaukee Understand More About Douglas Fir and White Ash for Flooring

Jul
3
2017
Royal Wood Floors Helps Home Owners in Milwaukee Understand More About Douglas Fir and White Ash for Flooring

Milwaukee hard wood floor company educates home owners on Douglas Fir and White Ash types of wood species that can be used successfully for flooring.

 
Royal Wood Floors specializes in hard wood floor refinishing and installing hard wood floors in the greater Milwaukee area and has been highly successful for over 15 years. “After servicing or installing a new floor, we make a point of providing the following as a special series of tips for every customer in order to ensure that their floors are protected and provide that stunning hard wood beauty for as long as possible”, says Keith Allman who owns Royal Wood Floors. He continues to say, “there are a variety of problems that can affect the beauty and life of hard wood floors and once these are isolated they can be handled properly so that the hard wood lasts for years the way it should”. “We feel that by educating the home owner they can be better equipped to tackle a project themselves or will know what to ask and expect when working with professionals”, he ends.

In many cases a wood floor that has lost its luster can be restored with a buff and coat project or a full restoration. The way to find out is to contact Royal Wood Floors and schedule a free estimate where their professionals will evaluate exactly what must be done to restore the hard wood floors natural beauty. In this article we examine Douglas Fir & White Ash as types of material that can be used for beautiful and long lasting wood floors.

Douglas Fir for Wood Flooring

Douglas fir wood floorsWith Douglas Fir, the heartwood is yellowish tan to light brown. The sapwood is tan to white. Heartwood may be confused with that of Southern Yellow Pine. Radical color change occurs upon exposure to sunlight. When it comes to the grain, it is normally straight, with occasionally wavy or spiral texture. Nearly all Fir flooring is vertical-grain or riftsawn clear-grade material. There are variations within species and grades. Wood varies greatly in weight and in 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 also known as yellow fir. When it comes to the workability of Douglas Fir, there are no known nailing problems and this species sands satisfactorily if the correct sanding sequence is followed.

When it comes to finishing this type, some boards develop a slight pinkish to bright salmon color when finished with some products. Because of tendency toward color change, care must be taken to avoid over sanding when finishing an existing floor. It may be difficult to stain. It is sometimes milled as vertical end-grain block, which is significantly harder than plainsawn. The origin of this type of wood is North America and it is readily available.

White Ash for Wood Flooring

ash-wood-floorsThe appearance of White Ash heartwood is light tan to dark brown where sapwood is creamy white. It is similar in appearance to white oak, but frequently more yellow. The grain is bold, straight, moderately open grain with occasional wavy figuring. It can have a strong contrast in grain in plain sawn boards. There are variation within species and grades. Sometimes it can be confused with hickory, the zone of large pores is more distinctive in ash, similar to that of red oak. The dimensional stability is above average and when it comes to workability, there are no known nailing problems. This type of floor sands satisfactorily if the correct sanding sequence is followed. If you are finishing this type of floor, it may be difficult to stain. Its origin is North America and it is readily available.

These types of wood species are both very workable for use in creating beautiful and long lasting floors.

“The best way to make sure that your hard wood floors are protected and as beautiful as they naturally can be, is to always do the research first or seek professional help. The types of wood species such as the ones described here can be used to create beautiful and long lasting hard wood floors,” says Allman.

For more information about this experienced and professional hardwood floor restoration and new installation company, or to schedule repairs by these wood floor refinishing contractors, or learn about custom wood styles or the company’s inlay and medallion installation services, phone Keith Allman at 414-378-2066.
 

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