The alpine larch
Mountain larch is particularly captivating due to its extraordinary fine grain, resulting from the slow growth of approx. 350 years in the harsh mountain climate. This closeness of the annual rings, together with the heartwood formation, is responsible for the rot resistance of mountain larch. In this respect it is peerless – even compared to lowland larch.
The outer light-yellow sapwood area is narrow in the larch and is only a few centimetres. The heartwood is characterised by a reddish-brown colour. The dark growth rings in larch wood are very clearly demarcated from the lighter growth layers. Over the years, the mountain larch develops a silver-grey patina.
Larch is one of the heaviest and hardest native softwoods and has very good strength properties. It is even tougher and more resinous than pine, dimensionally stable and warps only minimally. Larch can be used outdoors for many years without treatment with wood preservatives.
Mountain larch is used both for exteriors and interiors. The wood being easy to work with coupled with our many years of experience leave almost nothing to be desired in terms of processing, therefore making it ideally suited for high-quality and sustainable construction projects.
For exterior use, mountain larch is considered the perfect sustainable alternative to tropical wood, as larch has similar properties. Compared to tropical woods, mountain larch has a much better life-cycle assessment (LCA) because there are no long transport routes and mountain larch grows up in untouched indigenous nature.
Due to the naturally limited availability of mountain larch, it is in particularly high demand and therefore very stable in value. This augments the quality and value of your construction project, and it will be coveted in the future, too.