Here is our latest addition to our batten range, Siberian larch battens.
Pack of 10 Siberian Larch Battens.
Key facts about Larch:
- These battens are perfect for creating horizontal slatten fence panels
- Our larch is graded A
- Larch is a hard wearing wood that will last outdoors with no treatment
- Larch is Kiln Dried and so is perfect for painting
These larch battens are used to make our larch slatted fence panels as shown in the second photo.
Siberian Larch is often a very popular timber batten choice for its appearance. It is regarded as having a very desired finish and provides beautiful colouring and texture. The shapes and patterns of the grain are very aesthetically pleasing and provide real character to fencing panels.
It is a slow growth, high density softwood which makes it one of the hardest commercial softwoods available. It is 50% harder than Scots Pine and this is one of the reasons why it is such a desired timber. This high-density characteristic makes it very durable and perfect for external cladding fencing as well as other features like joinery, decking, and flooring.
Due to this durability, it is a wood that isn’t as vulnerable to knocks, scrapes and scratches as other woods. This is an important aspect for fencing.
What is Siberian Larch?
There are many types of larch, each belonging to the Larix genus. Siberian Larch is known scientifically as Larix sibirica.
This particular species grows natively as far west as the Finnish border, with distribution eastwards towards central Siberia in Russia — hence the name! The species has also been introduced to Canada, the US, Iceland and Greenland.
Siberian Larch is a ‘frost-hardy’ tree; it’s capable of surviving in freezing, adverse temperatures. When fully grown, it reaches heights between 20 and 50m and has needle-like leaves, with a 1m trunk diameter.
As a result of its extreme native climate, Siberian Larch grows extremely slowly. Interestingly, however, these inhospitable growing conditions imbue the timber with many useful and practical properties, suiting it to many purposes — particularly exterior projects.
Is Siberian Larch a hardwood? Technically, the answer is no — coming from a coniferous tree, it’s officially classified as a softwood. Despite this, Siberian Larch is actually one of the hardest softwoods in the world. As a result of its punishing ‘upbringing’ in sub-zero Siberia, larch has plenty of hardness and natural durability. In fact, it has greater density than many hardwoods!
Once harvested, Siberian Larch starts its life as a golden-yellow wood, but left untreated, will eventually weather to a beautiful silvery-grey