Question - Is Larch good for building?

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Durable and insect-resistant, larch also has a very appealing golden color with interesting patterns. It's ideal if you're looking for a wood with lots of character. Larch lumber isn't the perfect building material, however. It is more expensive than spruce, a fact that sways some buyers. Uses. Larch wood is valued for its tough, waterproof and durable qualities. Top quality knot-free timber is in great demand for building yachts and other small boats, for exterior cladding of buildings, and interior paneling. With excellent physical properties, larch is extremely well suited to exterior application — cladding, decking and fencing. As well as working well and being durable, larch has natural physical properties that protect it from insect attack and rot. Larch wood is a popular cladding choice as it does not need be treated and can be left to weather naturally. However, the weathered look does not suit all properties and there are different finishes available for larch wood to avoid weathering over time. The price ranges. Larch wood is obtained from a variety of coniferous trees of the genus Larch and it is this coniferous wood with native growth. However, larch wood is considered to be of high quality in the coniferous wood species and thus more expensive than comparable fir or spruce wood.

Larch is also somewhat of an outlier within the softwoods category, as it does not require regular treatment. This is a characteristic of hardwood and goes someway to explain why this softwood is so popular for cladding. Larch grown at higher altitudes or in longer winters are usually more durable than UK Larches.

Larch is one of the best firewood. Its the hardest of all softwood and is harder than some genuine hardwood, It doesn't burn the hottest or the longest but has characteristics that are ideal for wood cutters. It's fire proof, root proof, grows really quick, drys in 6 month, straight cut and easy to split.

Mature larch can grow to 30m and live for 250 years. It is fairly fast growing and cone-shaped when young, becoming broad with age.

The peak season for autumn colours is from mid to late September. Many locals and visitors make a special pilgrimage during the fall larch season. As a result, the most popular trail – Larch Valley – sees a huge influx of hikers.

The wood has a high sap content. It is stable and elastic, is not subject to considerable shrinkage and is strong and sturdy. Larch is easy to work but Surface finishing can be more difficult due to sap presence. It is very resistant against chemicals.

It is a durable softwood like Cedar and can last a long time as long as it is treated correctly. British Larch is available in beams as well as cladding and offers structural and aesthetic properties to your project because it is so characterful.

Naturally Rot-Resistant Species: Redwood. American mahogany. Cypress. Western red cedar. Pacific yew. Teak. Black walnut. White oak.

European Larch. Color/Appearance: Heartwood ranges from yellow to a medium reddish brown. Narrow sapwood is nearly white and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Odor: European Larch can have a distinct resinous odor when being worked.

When untreated and NOT in ground contact you can expect a life of 50 – 60 years. When treated and outdoors the life expectancy is 100 years.

Larch will last for 30 years, but spruce, on the other hand, is best only on wood that is above ground level.

The key benefit of Russwood's decking range is that all products are naturally durable, therefore can be expected to last for 30 – 60 years and, almost all, without any treatment.

Siberian larch decking Siberian larch is very resinous and extremely hard wearing, making it one of the toughest and most durable softwoods in the world. For these reasons the timber makes excellent decking for both residential and commercial projects.

Cedar will cost around five times the price of untreated softwood, but will last 60 years or so with little maintenance. Larch is often now used in place of cedar or other hardwoods due to its cheaper price.

Larch does not need that layer of protection in order for it to survive the outdoor elements. Painting is not necessary with larch. If you want to change the appearance, we suggest staining the wood. Siberian Larch takes a stain very well and with its grain features it can be amazingly beautiful when stained.