Siberian Larch – Larix Sibirica

Increasingly popular in the UK and Ireland, this durable species is used mainly for cladding.The timber comes from genuine old-growth logs, plentiful in this vast forest region of eastern Russia ensuring sustainable sourcing.

It is a tough timber, dense and resinous at 750 kg/m3 (much denser than Pine or Cedar) and stable in use when dry. These hard-wearing durable qualities also make Larch the timber of choice for a number of other applications especially flooring where it has been used, for example, in various Olympic velodrome tracks around the world. It is the hardest of commercially available softwood species.

The natural durability combined with independently verified environmental credentials has encouraged architects to specify this timber where a knotty, maintenance-free cladding is required. The timber can be allowed to weather naturally, eventually achieving a uniform grey appearance. However if that is not the required finish, Siberian Larch will accept all forms of paint, stain and surface preparation allowing an endless variety of colour tones to be achieved.

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Tech Specs

Wood Type: Softwood.

Origin: Russia
Sustainability: All from well managed forests – We stock only certified with chain of custody available on request.
Availability: Sawn and planed products in a wide range of thicknesses, widths and profiled patterns.
Colour: Varies from pale yellow to Orange to Golden Brown.
Quality: Imported as Unsorted (1,11,111,1V).
Typical end uses: Joinery and Cladding.

Durability: Durable.
Density: 750 kg per m3 at 12% moisture content.
Dimensional stability: It has a tendency to distort when wet or not dried, but once dry, is generally stable.


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