Siberian Larch interlocking board
Our Siberian Larch interlocking boards (also known as Larch Interlocking Fence Slats) provide each client with an option to have a solid panel with no gaps, yet still, have a clear shadow line between each of the slats to give the modern and contemporary slatted design. These interlocking boards are perfect as privacy panels, gates, wall coverings and more.
The Siberian Larch is an incredibly high-quality material that will stand the test of time.
Some tips to help: only use stainless steel fixings when using Larch as this will reduce the risk of chemical staining and unsightly damage. To keep the stunning timber from fading over time UV protection oil can be applied, this will enhance the lovely grain and help prevent the sun and elements from fading to a silver grey over time, or if this is the look you are after, then simply leave the timber to weather.
Kiln Dried wood such as larch will absorb moisture from its environment, so when using Larch allow a few mm between boards to allow for expansion, this way if the wood swells a little due to our lovely damp British climate it will have a little room to grow.
Should you have any questions regarding our range of larch fence slats and interlocking boards please contact us today.
As much as our timber is a quality product, it’s a natural product, knots, small chips, marking or scuffing can be quite common, any making is easily rectified with a little light sanding and knots or small chips usually solved by turning the slat so you have a good face side.
But to avoid any delays in finishing your project, we suggest adding some extra slats to your order, if you order the exact amount and find you have a couple that has a knot you do not like, or one that has worked loose, or something similar, then this will only slow your project down and potentially cost more money in extra delivery costs and replacement product.
Remember nature grew the tree and it didn’t check it with a spirit level while it was growing, allow for the odd quirk, bow or knot, order some additional just in case. We cannot guarantee that every slat will be perfect and therefore we cannot replace a slat because of something that is a natural occurrence
Most can be rectified by sanding or trimming, but please allow a little extra material just in case.
Q. My wood has splits in it
A. This is a natural occurrence known as “Surface Checking”.
Checking is the separation of grain that occurs in timber as the moisture levels change and timber dries. It looks like cracks and splits in the wood and is a natural process.
All timber will develop small cracks or “surface checks” this can happen due to the changing weather conditions, rain one day (moisture), sunshine the next (heat).
Checking will randomly occur and is a natural process as the timber reacts to these changes.
Q. Why is my timber cracking and checking?
A. Wood is natural product and as much as we cut it, plane it and profile it, in the end some pieces will misbehave and do exactly what they want, a little bit like my teenage daughter!
Wood it literally like a sponge it will absorb, retain and release moisture, sun, rain, heat, cold along with other mechanical factors will force the wood to adapt to its environment, this is a term known as weathering. The cracking/checking is a side effect of the timber trying to reach a natural equilibrium in its environment.
Timber starts drying from the outer/surface layers inward in order to reach a balance with its environment, as the outer layers dry and shrink, the moist, hard center (or heart wood) doesn’t give them room to shrink or compress, the cracks/checks are the wood’s way of relieving this pressure.
Q. Some pieces of timber are bowed, a knot has fallen out, it has sap in places.
A. Wood is natural product and as much as we cut it, plane it and profile it, in the end some pieces will misbehave and do exactly what they want, (a little bit like my teenage daughter!)
If fixed properly and at the correct spacing then on most occasions this bowing/bending can be rectified.
Occasionally though, you will get a piece that won’t quite do as its told and go where you want it to, this is why any timber supplier will always recommend adding around 10% additional to your order.
These things are quite natural and suppliers cannot supply every piece that is spirit level straight, knot or sap free, some allowances have to be made when working with products that nature produced, we just cut them and made them a little more pretty.