NOTICE: Last Dates for Planed and Jointed Orders 2017We normally try to complete planed orders in 5-7 working days, so orders placed before the 14th may make it in time for Christmas. If you need your delivery guaranteed for Christmas, make sure to select express delivery at checkout. It's now unfortunately too late to order jointed timber to be delivered via standard delivery before Christmas. If you wish to receive your order before the 22nd December then please contact our sales team on 01373 469905.
Larch Timber Cut to Size
If you need Larch timber cut to size using your exact specifications, then Timbersource can help. Not only do we use the finest wood, we have developed a cutting calculator to ensure that the larch timber you receive is cut to size without any margin of error.
All you need to do is enter the required dimensions, in addition to the necessary machining method. We’ll then see that each order is made precisely to measure in our private mill and machining shop, and deliver the finished product to you as quickly as possible.
The Benefits of Ordering Larch Timber
Part of our European Softwoods range, the benefits of ordering Larch timber derive predominantly from its strength and durability – this is a wood held in high esteem by the timber trade, and is used extensively within the construction industry as a hardy cladding material. Most of the Larch which we supply is imported 100mm and wider - though dimension stock is available – and lengths vary above 2.1m. Grades range from prime unsorted (I-III) grade through to 4ths grade.
The benefits of ordering Larch timber go beyond its toughness. It carries a large amount of natural resin, is extremely resistant to decay, machines well, finishes well, and dries well. It also takes glue, nails, and screws satisfactorily. The renowned strength of Larch timber is complemented by its remarkable stiffness and stability, though it does possess low shock resistance properties.
What is European Siberian Larch?
European Siberian Larch timber is a species of tree grown in arctic conditions and under much duress, although Larch grows faster than most coniferous trees from the same area. Native to western Russia, it is a timber that held in high esteem by the timber trade and used predominantly for construction work and as a hardy cladding material. It carries much natural resin and is especially resistant to decay.
Most European Larch boarding is imported 100mm and wider, although dimension stock is available, with lengths variable above 2.1m. Grades range from prime unsorted (I-III) grade through to 4ths grade.
Latin name Larix sibirica
Also known as Siberian larch, Russian larch
European Siberian Larch Environmental Listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as LR – Lower Risk (least concern). Not listed in CITES. Available from well-managed sources.
Distribution The native distribution for L. sibirica extends across Siberia to Mongolia and northern China. In Siberia it is extracted from 'natural forest' and most of this timber is extemely slow grown material. In the eastern part of its range it hybridises with L.gmelinii and is known as Larix x czekanowskii. L.sibirica is also grown in plantations in Austria, Norway and Finland yielding more quickly grown material. It has been introduced into Canada and northern USA.
European Siberian Larch Properties
The Tree This is a medium sized deciduous, coniferous tree ranging in size from 20m to 40m tall with a diameter of 1m or slightly more. In favourable situations a long, clean, cylindrical bole for two-thirds of its length can be achieved.
The Timber The heartwood is pale reddish-brown to brick-red in colour, sharply defined from the narrow, lighter-coloured sapwood. It is a very resinous wood, with clearly marked annual rings. It has a straight grain, a fine, uniform texture and is rather heavy, weighing 590 kg/m³ when dried, it is likely that plantaion grown L.sibirica and that grown in more southerly Europe is of lower density. Its heartwood is listed as moderately durable, and its narrow sapwood means a high proportion of heartwood can be recovered for use.
European Siberian Larch Drying Difficult to dry due to its high resin content. Therefore it should be dried slowly to prevent checking and other drying defects.
Strength Likely to be similar to European larch which is about 50% harder than Scots pine and slightly stronger in bending and toughness. The strength values for slow grown L. sibirica material are likely to be slightly higher than for faster grown plantation sourced material.
Working Qualities Similar to European larch in that it saws, machines and finishes well but it tends to split on nailing and therefore drilling is recommended particularly at board ends.
Durability Slightly durable. Moderately durable. The heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment and the sapwood is permeable. Especially resistant to decay
Treatability Extremely difficult
Moisture Movement Reported to be small
European Siberian Larch Density (mean, Kg/m³) 590 ( Ranging from 570 to 650)
Physical Properties Good overall strength. Very stiff. Low shock resistance. Stable.
Working with European Siberian Larch
Use(s) Cladding, Joinery - Exterior, Flooring, Decking. Sea defences. Sleepers. Construction. Indoor gymnasiums and courts
European Siberian Larch Colour(s) Yellow brown (golden brown), Light brown, Reddish brown (pale)
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