Macrocarpa is classified as a Cypress in the building code and is used extensively for exterior cladding/weatherboard. Macrocarpa has a proven natural durability without any chemical treatment. MacDirect gives a producer statement with exterior cladding stating it is produced from heart material.
Classed as moderately durable, Macrocarpa has a natural resistance to fungus, rot, and insect attack therefore needs NO chemical protection when used according to NZ Building Code.
Has very good and consistent engineering qualities with strength rating similar to radiata pine. Therefore used extensively for solid wood beams, posts and framing.
A light honey brown in colour that has lustre when dressed. Sought after for decorative appeal in building, for exposed beams, panelling/sarking., fascia/cladding, joinery or pergolas.
Easily worked. Used extensively in the joinery, furniture, and boatbuilding trades.
Has a low shrinkage factor from green sawn to dry. Tangential Direction 3.3%. Radial 1.6%.
A very pleasantly scented wood.
Macrocarpa can be left to 'season off' to a distinctive silver/grey or readily accepts being painted, oiled or stained.