LARCH WOOD – FACTS AND FIGURES
For centuries, mankind has witnessed the unique performance of structures built out of Siberian Larch. Some homes and churches in Russia have been proved to exist for several hundreds years. But the most famous examples are the Vikings ships and the foundations of ancient city of Venice, which are estimated to be in existence for over 800 years. Architects in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, and Japan are specifying the use of larch in the construction of residential homes and commercial spaces such as schools, museums, stadiums, and bridges.
In recent years, wood products have increasingly lost market share to alternative decking materials. This is attributed to a lack of availability and quality. The demands of clients, designers, and homebuilders have risen distinctly. They are demanding long lasting, minimal maintenance, and attractive real wood surfaces without chemical preservatives. Siberian Larch is leading the resurgence in the popularity of natural wood decks because of its impressive dimensional stability, low cost of installation, low maintenance, high manufacturing standards, and an aesthetically beautiful timber. However, the most amazing feature of Siberian Larch is its natural resistance to decay.
DECKING & SIDING & FLOORING
• Siberian Larch grows in an environment that is known for its long, harsh winters and therefore the growing seasons are short. As a result, it is composed on average of 40% latewood which is considered to be significant. Latewood is denser and mechanically stronger than the opposing earlywood. Therefore, these higher levels of latewood create a floor with impressive wear resistant characteristics.
• Over time, earlywood wears out leaving the harder latewood as the actual walking surface. Look at any antique floor and this is what you will find. Having a floor with high concentrations of latewood will provide a homeowner with a smoother, more even surface in the future.
• On the Janka Scale of Hardness, Siberian Larch is 1,100 lbs / sq in. Pine hardness ranges from 670 – 840 lbs / sq in. On average Siberian Larch is 45% harder than pine.