Larch timbers are cut from the heartwood of the log. This part of the log is naturally decay resistant and should provide a service life of around 15 years with minimal or no maintenance if installed correctly. The natural colour varies from cream to a reddish brown when initially cut, this will weather to a silver-grey colour in approximately 2 years. Larch is a strong reasonably heavy timber. Care should be taken when fastening to avoid splitting and where practical the use of stainless steel fasteners is recommended. The natural resins in the wood can ‘gum up’ saw blades over time so general advice is to keep your tools clean and sharp when working with this timber.