Category Archives: Larch wood cladding

Why timber is so environmentally friendly

There is much focus now on using environmentally building materials. Timber is always recommended for eco-builds, which can seem odd, as cutting down trees is generally thought of as bad for the environment. So why is timber such an environmentally friendly building material?

Before going any further, it is worth pointing out that only responsibly sourced timber from a well-managed local woodland is environmentally friendly. There is nothing good about using timber that has been illegally logged in a faraway country.

At Old Mill Wood Yard in South Wales, we use locally sourced larch and cedar to create larch cladding and cedar shingles, both very popular and effective building materials.

Low carbon emissions

Manufacturing timber building materials produces almost zero carbon emissions. For many building materials the manufacture process is long and complicated, sometimes involving harmful chemicals and high emissions. Creating timber cladding or shingles is a simple process that hasn’t changed much for hundreds of years.

Low carbon footprint

If you source your timber locally it will have a very low carbon footprint. Transporting building materials over long distances will leave a very high carbon footprint, especially if it is imported from a foreign country.

You should be able to find locally sourced timber, otherwise you will definitely be able to find what you are looking for in the UK with home-grown wood.

Encourages woodland habitats

Woodlands are so important to the environment, both for reducing carbon dioxide in the air and for providing a natural habitat for all sorts of flora and fauna to thrive in. Without profitable woodland management there is a chance that even more woodlands could be lost from the countryside, this would be devastating for native species.

Zero waste

Timber creates zero waste, as off cuts from mills can be used as firewood, sawdust has a number of uses such as compost or animal bedding and once the finished products have completed their lifespans then they will decompose as part of the natural cycle, releasing their nutrients back into the ground. Nothing will clog up a land fill for decades to come.

What Qualifies As An Eco-Build?

It is expected now that any new builds will meet certain environmental criteria. However, many people quite rightly want their new builds to have as minimal impact on the environment as possible. Eco-builds are becoming more and more popular for many types of different projects. However, what qualifies as an eco-build is open for debate,Continue Reading

Traditional Building Materials For A Modern Project

In recent decades a modern building project would have meant finding the most cutting edge materials and design and creating a brash, bold statement. However, fortunately things have calmed down recently and a modern building project incorporates many more factors. Awareness of the environment and how your project will affect the environment is one ofContinue Reading

Why You Should Use Natural Building Materials

Building projects, no matter how big or small will always use a large amount of materials. Whether or not the materials are natural or man-made will depend on the design of the project and the priorities of the owners and designers. Although it is hard to achieve a building that comprises completely of natural materialsContinue Reading

Different finishes for larch wood cladding

Larch wood is a popular cladding choice as it does not need be treated and can be left to weather naturally. However, the weathered look does not suit all properties and there are different finishes available for larch wood to avoid weathering over time. However, these will need to be maintained to keep them lookingContinue Reading

Why Use Kiln Dried Timber

Whether you need timber cladding, firewood,  cedar shingles, or other timber product, some woods need to be properly seasoned before they can be used. Usually wood is considered to be seasoned if it has a moisture content of below 20%. When wood loses its moisture it will shrink and change colour. If it loses moisture tooContinue Reading

Avoiding common problems with larch wood cladding

In recent years timber cladding has grown in popularity for all sorts of different projects. Commercial, schools, healthcare and residential builds are being finished with timber. It is used for both new builds and refurbishments. There are many reasons why larch wood cladding is now so popular with designers and architects. It is low maintenance,Continue Reading

Use larch wood cladding for a sustainable option

Sustainability is now a big thing in the construction industry. As global warming becomes more evident and the world’s natural resources are starting to run low, environmentally friendly materials are in demand. The focus for many projects now is not only the architecture, but also the sustainability. Whether the build is private, commercial, residential orContinue Reading

Cladding laying options

If you have decided on wood cladding as the finish for the exterior of your property then you need to decide how your cladding will be laid. Cladding is suitable for a variety of different styles, from modern to rustic. How the cladding is laid will determine the overall look and feel of the property.Continue Reading

The Environmental Benefits of Larch Wood Cladding

Larch wood makes a great cladding choice for many reasons – it is strong, long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing and requires little maintenance. However, larch wood cladding also has many environmental benefits. Sustainability Larch is a sustainable wood. Buying wood that has been sourced from well-managed woodlands is very important in order to prevent damage to theContinue Reading