One of Tamlin’s specialties is using solid Douglas Fir timbers in our prefabricated homes. This premier wood species from British Columbia is sought after as one of the best structural softwoods due to its strength, durability and appearance.
Tamlin uses a special grade called “Free Of Heart Centre” (or FOHC) which means that each timber that is cut at the mill has the “Heart Centre” removed. This method of selecting timbers helps to reduce splitting, checking, and cracking. From taking a quick look at our gallery, you will see why our customers love FOHC timber so much – they look like-new even after years of owning their home.
Another benefit of Tamlin’s Douglas Fir timbers is that Tamlin deals directly at the mill-level rather than with retailers, since the specifications of our Douglas Fir timbers are so unique. This procedure benefits both Tamlin and the customer since Tamlin can act as a “one-stop shop”. Each piece is individually cut and graded at the mill. When we precut and manufacture your home, we even place the best face of the timbers where you will see them.
After the timbers are cut, they are treated with “anti-stain” to prevent mold and mildew. The ends of the timbers are also waxed to allow for a gradual release of moisture. This gentle process keeps the timbers from drying too quickly and greatly reduces the chances of twisting on the timbers.
Timbers are initially cut with a “rough” texture on all 4 sides. We then plane them smooth on all sides, to the engineered drawings’ specifications. Lastly, the timbers are hand-sanded for the ultimate finish. Each step in the process allows Tamlin to put as much care and detail as possible into making your timber frame home perfect for your needs and tastes.
Prestaining at the factory is another option to protect them during construction and reduce labour on-site. Tamlin does all timber prestaining in-house at our factory in the Lower Mainland.