Q: IS SIBERIAN LARCH TIMBER CLADDING FRIENDLY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
A: Siberian Larch cladding is renewable, reusable, ultimately biodegradable, contains minimal embodied energy and is an FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified product sourced from sustainable forests. Timber is the only material used in building construction which is completely renewable. Using timber in long-life building applications means more trees will have been planted, grown and harvested before the timber product reaches its end of life: significantly reducing emissions compared with other materials.
Q: HOW LONG WILL THE TIMBER CLADDING LAST?
A: The presence of tannins in Siberian Larch creates a high resistance to decay and rot, making it one of the toughest and most durable softwoods. Its high density means that it is more difficult for decaying organisms to penetrate the wood, resulting in a lifespan of many generations when subject to general outdoor exposure. Due to its high percentage of heartwood and a minimum of sapwood, Siberian Larch is an extremely dense timber and as such, is not easily damaged. To achieve improved longevity and a more refined contemporary finish, Russwood’s Siberian Larch cladding was vacuum coated in production-controlled conditions with a quality, three-part water-based paint system.
Q: WILL I HAVE TO MAINTAIN THE CLADDING REGULARLY?
A: On average, in Scotland, we can expect factory coated cladding boards to last eight to nine years before maintenance (re-coating) is required. However because it is a natural product, this is subject to a range of variables including orientation to the sun, geographical location and exposure to weather. South facing cladding may require re-coating two to three years sooner than north-facing cladding (so six to seven years). The coating colour has an effect on this as well: darker colour soak up more heat and the re-coating times are generally sooner. Personal preference also plays a role in how often you re-coat. If you prefer your timber to look as it did the day you moved in, you will need to re-coat the timber on your home more regularly than someone who prefers a slightly more weathered look. For more information please speak to our sales advisor.