Douglas Fir Is Pretty Hard for a Softwood
Although it is classified as a softwood, Douglas Fir is harder and denser than many hardwoods, according to Loewen, which makes Douglas Fir windows and doors that it distributes around the world.
Species classified as hardwoods produce seedpods that are encased in a hard shell, while softwoods produce cones, the manufacturer explains.
Headquartered in Steinbach, Manitoba, Loewen was established by Mennonites in the early 1900s and started out making bee-keeping equipment and church pews for growing populations in Winnipeg and across the plains. Loewen is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — the Supplier 100 of NAHB.
Roughly 88% of the Douglas Fir it purchases comes from forestland that is Sustainable Forestry Initiative-certified, according to Loewen.