HOUSE BUILT OF CEDAR AND LARCH

HOUSE BUILT OF CEDAR AND LARCH

In ancient times, cedar wood was a privileged and very expensive building material. In Russia, before starting a new house construction, Siberian carpenters planted a cedar sapling in the front corner of the future house and only after that began to build the house. It is believed that this ritual was necessary for the cedar house to “see” the young cedar growing in front of it from the first day of its creation so house meant to be as strong, durable and beautiful as the plant in the front of it.

HOUSE BUILT OF CEDAR AND LARCH

Naturalists respectfully call cedar an aristocrat of the plant world.
Builders are convinced that cedar is one of the most successful building materials that exists in nature.
Carpenters consider the construction of a wooden house from cedar logs as a real joy and great honor.
The owners of cedar houses claim that their houses are not only the most beautiful, prestigious, fragrant, but also has psychotherapists’ qualities…

All cedars belong to the pine-coniferous family. They are the oldest one upon the seed plants. Cedar wood is dense, has a pleasant pink color, with a very nice texture and delicate fragrance.
The woody-resinous aroma of cedar affects the adaptive human capacity to perform changes in the environment; its volatiles have a beneficial effect on the respiratory system, nervous and cardiovascular system.
Fragrant chopped houses made of cedar logs, or houses treated with cedar, has air disinfection qualities. Thus, log houses and cedar baths are valued not only for their beauty, but also for the positive impact on the health of the cedar house inhabitants.
Cedar log house has always clean air, with optimum and comfortable humidity for the human organism. The cedar house has an ideal microclimate.
Cedar wood has soft structure however, that does not affect its strength. If we compare a cedar beam with the steel beam of equal weight, the strength of cedar beam will not be inferior. It also worth mentioning the beauty of cedar logs, its unique aroma, excellent thermal insulation properties, its resistance to weather conditions, its stable resistance to rot, moisture and cracking – all this makes cedar a valuable and prestigious material for wooden houses construction.

Siberian larch IN FINISHED PRODUCTS: Advantages and disadvantages

Larch is a unique type of wood. Visually it is similar in sawn form to coniferous forest products, such as pine or fir, however in its density, strength and durability, larch is a serious competitor to oak, beech and ash. That’s the reason why larch is called “Siberian oak”. There are also external differences from pine: larch has a more pronounced texture, as well as pinkish-yellow color. In addition, the density of this kind is visible on the tree section, the distance between the annual rings sometimes does not exceed half of millimeter. Let’s try to analyze some advantages and disadvantages of this Siberian type:

ADVANTAGES

Aesthetics.

Bright texture, warm pink color, harmony of the pattern favorably distinguishing larch from pine, beech and even ordinary floodplain oak. Under the oil cover of light brown stain, it is difficult to distinguish larch from ash or rock Caucasian oak. Therefore, larch is often used for the production of parquet, furniture, windows, door panels and decorative wall panels. At the same time, manufacturers often use also rustic, knotty larch, which also fits perfectly into the interior.

Reliability

Due to its high density, larch lumbers are much stronger than their other coniferous family. In France, for chalets construction, builders have used larch boards as rafters for many centuries. Only these are able to withstand the weight of massive tiles or shingle roof also covered with a meter layer of alpine snow.

Durability.

Larch wood is very dense, which greatly increases the moldings durability. Therefore, larch is often used as parquet, floorboards, steps, load-bearing structures, piles.

Inconsequence to moisture

The unique chemical composition of larch resin acts as an antiseptic and prevents wood rot. Venice has been built upon piles of Siberian larch for many years. Larch is used to make terrace board, garden amenities, berths and piers. Larch can be exposed to open air for many years in all weather conditions, even in water.

DISADVANTAGES.

All the shortcomings of larch as a raw material is a complete responsibility of the manufacturer who produce moldings and joinery.

Larch is harvested in the far taiga mountains and then is sent down to warehouses by Siberian rivers. Freshly cut larch is heavier than water, so in rafts, larch logs are tied to pine logs, what complicates the transportation.

Larch is extremely difficult to saw into boards, abundant resin and high density quickly leads to the saw unsuitability.

It is very difficult to dry larch. Firstly, for cracking and distortion aspects. After drying, up to 15% of the material is ending up being defective.

All these disadvantages significantly affect the price of the finished products, but at the same time larch is one of the best materials for repair, construction and decoration.

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