Larch wood cladding - you have to pay attention to this

Larch wood is a very good choice for cladding a building or part of a building. Here you can find out what costs can arise for such cladding, what advantages larch wood offers and how best to deal with the graying of the wood.

Construction of a formwork

Basically, a cladding consists only of a substructure with square timbers, on which facade boards are then attached. In individual cases (for example when cladding above the insulation), additional elements may be necessary - this must be assessed on site.

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Benefits of larch wood

Larch wood offers a number of important advantages, especially when it comes to building wooden facades:

  • Larch wood is relatively strong and tough
  • it is naturally weatherproof and resistant to pests (insects and fungi)
  • it is durable and also withstands chemicals well (air pollution!)
  • it does not need any treatment but can remain completely natural
  • The natural graying of the wood creates a very unique, charming look
  • No long transport routes compared to tropical wood, therefore cheap CO?-Balance sheet
  • relatively inexpensive compared to its durability and resilience
  • no risk of massive illegal logging of tropical timber (massive deforestation in tropical countries and the resulting damage to the climate)

Because of the many advantages that larch wood offers, larch was even voted "Tree of the Year" in 2012.

Particularly high quality species

Larch wood from alpine locations is often even more hard and durable than "lowland larch". In addition, the Siberian larch and the Canadian larch are very popular, especially in the area of exterior cladding.

Costs for a casing

Especially if you use larch wood, the costs for a boarding are lower than with many other types of wood. For the cladding boards, untreated, you can usually expect around 10 EUR per m², but treated facade boards or facade profiles are then usually considerably more expensive (approx. 15 - 20 EUR per m²). The squared timbers for the substructure range between around 2.50 to 10 EUR per running meter, depending on the selected thickness.

Tips & Tricks In order to achieve an even graying of the facade, larch wood can be treated in advance with special oil stains. This avoids color differences that inevitably arise with natural graying. These oil stains are usually available under the product name "Weather Stain ".