Material Used by Leisure Season
Our outdoor products are crafted of solid wood harvested from the Cypress tree family with decay resistance similar to Western Red Cedar. This is a prized timber tree in producing durable scented wood. It is particularly used in manufacturing of outdoor structures and outdoor furniture due to its high decay resistance.
This wood naturally maintains inherent oils that enable it to withstand the elements, if left unfinished turning the color of pewter with age. It is well known for its resistance to decay and insects, making it the ideal choice for outdoor applications. This is due to the unique characteristics of the wood itself. It produces a naturally occurring preservative which gives it a head start against the harshest environmental conditions. This versatile wood has a natural beauty, with a rich grain, texture and color that will compliment any architectural style, from rustic to traditional to postmodern. It is dimensionally stable and naturally resistant to splitting and warping. This will reflect your good taste and adds dramatically to the look of your home and garden.
The decay resistance of this material was evaluated in several tests using white- and brown-rot fungi in an American Wood Preservers' Association soil-block test. Although there was some variation in weight loss among boards, the heartwood was found to be similar in decay resistance to Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) and is classified as highly decay resistant.
All our products are FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council) and are manufactured using wood from FSC certified forests. This allows our partner companies and consumers interested in environmentally and socially responsible materials to be confident in their purchasing decisions. Buying FSC certified products assures the product comes from a forest evaluated against rigorous environmental and social standards.
Larch is a hard strong timber with an attractive warm reddish brown or terracotta color with gold streaks. The grain is generally straight or spiraled with medium to fine texture.
Larch heartwood is strong and is durable outside without the use of preservatives. These properties make it an ideal wood for outdoor use such as garden furniture, decking, cladding and fencing. Historically boats were planked with Larch and some timber still finds its way into quality boat building today. Traditionally valued for its strength and durability the beauty of this wood has often been overlooked.
For centuries, mankind has witnessed the unique performance of structures built out of Larch. Their experiences led them to refer to Larch as “The Tree of Eternity”. Some homes and churches have been estimated to be in existence for over 800 years. Perhaps the most famous example of its longevity is its use in the construction of the ancient city of Venice. Many of the foundations of the old Venice rest upon larch, the lasting qualities of which were well known and appreciated, not only in medieval times, but in the far off days of Vitruvius and Pliny.
Also, during construction of the city of St. Petersburg, Russia which was built on a bog, “Peter The Great” ordered to drive in Larch posts into the ground for the foundation of the city. As a result, one of the most beautiful cities in the world was built on Larch posts.
It is one of the most durable of woods in wet ground or under water, and performs well for any outdoor use.