Siberian Larch Timber Floor is a very special product. While becoming more popular, Siberian Larch is packed with both style and design as well as durability, strength and high quality. Due to Larch’s density, and a high tar- and resin content, Siberian larch is very durable even without treatment. In fact it’s one of the trees with best weatherproof qualities.
On the Janka Scale of Hardness, Siberian Larch is 1,100 lbs / sq in. Pine hardness ranges from 670 – 840 lbs / sq in. On average Siberian Larch is 45% harder than pine. For the customer, this means their floor will experience less indentation, and maintain its wonderful appearance for many years.
• Dense Wood – Siberian Larch’s impressive density can be attributed to the place in which it grows. Siberian Larch grows in an environment that is known for its long, harsh winters and therefore the growing seasons are short. As a result of the short growing seasons, it is composed on average of 40% latewood which is considered to be significant. Latewood is denser and mechanically stronger than the opposing earlywood. Therefore, these higher levels of latewood create a floor with impressive wear resistant characteristics. Over time, earlywood wears out leaving the harder latewood as the actual walking surface. Look at any antique floor and this is what you will find. Having a floor with high concentrations of latewood will provide a homeowner with a smoother, more even surface in the future. For the customer, denser material with large latewood contents provides them with a more stable and wear resistant floor.
• All Heartwood – It is rare these days to find lumber that consists of all heartwood material. Siberian Larch is old growth wood, and in its natural condition has a heartwood content of 90%. Most timbers these days are grown at a quick rate on tree plantations. In harvesting young trees, you sacrifice a lot of heartwood and are subjected to more sapwood. There are two distinct advantages in having all heart material.
- Heartwood is more durable and stable than sapwood.
- All heart allows for a consistent color. This means you do not have to stain your floors to achieve uniformity.
It is rare these days to find lumber that consists of all heartwood material. Siberian Larch is old growth wood, and in its natural condition has a heartwood content of 90%. Most timbers these days are grown at a quick rate on tree plantations. In harvesting young trees, you sacrifice a lot of heartwood and are subjected to more sapwood. There are two distinct advantages in having all heart material. For the customer, all heart floors add durability and create aesthetic benefits. By using Siberian Larch, homeowners can replicate the appeal of Antique Heart Pine while saving money and increasing reliability.
• Highest Quality Manufacturing Standards
- Nord Wood Timber processing Siberian Larch timber for almost 20 years. We have our own traditions, constant innovations, and the very latest in production techniques we guarantee top quality products.
- Nord Wood Timber provides a consistent grading standard which means the customer will receive exactly what is expected.
- The design of the tongue and groove cheeks allows for maximum matching precision.
- The surfaces of the planks are pre-sanded and the edges are micro-beveled on all four sides to prevent projections. This awards the customer with considerable installation cost savings.
For the customer, a high quality production standard simply means a better floor and fewer headaches!
• Siberian Larch Offers the Complete Package – The lengths and end-matching of the boards allow for Siberian Larch to be used as paneling and ceiling. This enables our customers to maintain a consistent design throughout the house.
• Variety of Finishing Treatments Available by Special Order – Wire Brush Surface – antiqued texture surface obtained by brushing out soft earlywood leaving ridges of more durable latewood as a walking surface. This is the ageless look of century old floors.
There are several benefits to protecting your floors with oils as opposed to polyurethanes.
- Oils offer a more natural look.
- Floor will have an anti-static surface.
- Oils do not show scratches on the finish.
- The floor can be spot repaired without refinishing the entire surface.
- Process of applying oil is simple and quick.
- It is easy to maintain and lasts a long time.
In Europe, 70% of hardwood floors are currently being treated with oils. Due to modern improvements and the above reasons, oils are once again becoming the treatment of choice in the United Kingdom.m For the customer, these options mean they will be able to find the floor that is right for them.
• Easy Installation – Siberian Larch floors can be nailed, screwed, or glued. However, with our exclusive clip system they can be installed floating over any dry and level surface including concrete. This eliminates the need for plywood and its installation.
Benefits of our clip system are as follow:
- Allows the wood to move without creating unsightly gaps between planks.
- You can cover big areas without the need for expansion joints.
- You can easily repair damaged planks.
- It is perfect for installing over radiant heat.
• Environmentally Responsible – Siberian Larch is one of the few old growth woods that are being harvested from a sustainable forest. The natural growth rate of Siberian Larch is five times more than the rate at which it is being harvested. Nord Wood Timber has been certified according to the criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). For the customer, this means they can have the peace of mind in knowing they are good stewards of the land.