British Larch Timber Cladding

British Larch is popular indigenous specie, which is cultivated in many parts of Britain and the Alps located in Central Europe. This article will provide you with all the information you need to know about British Larch and usefulness and popularity when used for cladding.

The Prominence of British Larch

British Larch is a very important wood at a regional level, particularly in the area that is found the most. It has been valued for its resin and wood for many years. In fact, British Larch was one of the prominent materials used in Ancient Rome for construction.
Presently, it is among the fastest-growing conifer species in Central and Western Europe. It produces over 10 m3 of wood per very hectare in a year if the conditions are adequate. Its fast growth and characteristics has found the wood a place in forestry and agro-industry.
It is widely used as a preparatory wood to afforest abandoned farmland, open land, or distributed land.

British Larch – Appearance

British Larch displays a cone-shaped structure when young; however, it tends to grow broad with age. The bark appears pinkish-brown and is thick. It tends to form broad vertical fissures as the tree matures.
The leaves are green, soft, and needles like. They are typically 2 to 4 cm long and can develop in tufts from small woody shoots or knobs. Prior to autumn falling, these leaves turn into golden yellow.
Moreover, male flowers in British Larch develop on the underside of shots. They appear like a cluster of creamy-yellow anthers. Coming to the female flowers, they develop at the shoot tips and are known as larch roses. They are the clusters appearing in green, white, or pink.
Post the wind pollination, the female flowers ripen and convert into brown cones with hollow tops. They are generally 3 to 4 cm long. They slowly open their scales to release winged seeds that are distributed by the wind.

British Larch Cladding – Properties

Following are the distinguishing properties associated with British Larch –

• British Larch is a softwood, deciduous, conifer tree that contains a high amount of resins. It is a medium-density wood.

• Considering that it is a dense wood, it is capable of resisting frequent changes from wet to dry with little distortion, shrinkage, and warping. While the wood is prone to surface splits, that does not impact its durability, strength, and longevity.

• The British Larch has a faint scent, straight gram accompanied by a small knot. It has a orange, reddish and pink hues that are contrasted by white sap rings.

• This form of wood is known for its strength. In fact, its 60% firmer, 40% harder, 30% stronger than European redwoods.

• British Larch requires low maintenance, which adds to its popularity. However, it is recommended to treat the wood where it comes in direct contact with the ground.

• The British Larch comes under the durability category of 3 to 4. This means that the wood will last you for at least 10 to 15 years. However, if the wood is treated and kept outdoor, it can provide longevity of 100 years. If, on the other hand, left untreated, you can expect a life of 50 to 60 years.

British Larch Cladding - Advantages

Following are the benefits of British Larch timber cladding –

Strength

Even though it is softwood, the wood displays an impressive amount of strength; these trees grow very slowing as opposed to other timbers. And this slow process makes British Larch extremely dense. It takes 30 to 40 years for this tree to grow completely. The whole slow and steady growth process makes these woods extremely durable.

Decay and Rot Resistance

The slow development gives the tree enough time to collect resins that it generates. When the extract is combined with the density, the wood offers high resistance against rot and decay. With a life-span of more than 50 years, British Larch is among the toughest softwoods out there.

Resistance to Warping

Due to the changes in the moisture level of the wood, it tends to bend or warp. When there is an increase in moisture level, the wood tends to expand or contract, which results in warping. Considering the British Larch is extremely dense, it makes it more difficult for the water to penetrate into the wood.

Natural Insect Repellent

Some types of wood tend to attract bugs naturally, which makes them difficult to maintain. However, with the British Larch, you will find no such problem as the wood naturally repels insects. The resins that it has collected over the years boast antiseptic properties that help in keeping the pests and bugs away.

Conclusion

British Larch is highly recommended as cladding in construction areas where durability and strength are extremely important. As well as extremely popular for use as cladding it is popularly used to make doors, frames, and roofs. Owing to its high resin content, the wood also offers high durability underwater.

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