Consider Tigerwood For Your Deck

October 23, 2019 By

3 pieces of 5/4x6 tigerwood decking boardsTigerwood is a beautiful hardwood that is unlike any other. With its golden-to-reddish brown color and tigerlike dark stripes, tigerwood is sure to bring a gorgeous, unique look to your project.

Tigerwood Facts

Also known as goncalo alves and Brazilian koa, tigerwood can be found in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America. With a Janka hardness rating of 2,160 pounds, tigerwood is one of the harder exotic hardwoods. Its strength, durability, and hardness make it an excellent decking option for high traffic areas or for homes with children or pets. tigerwood is naturally resistant to rot and decay, with a typical lifespan of 50 years. Plus, its striking color and stripes are sure to make a statement!

Tigerwood Maintenance

Tigerwood hardwood decking is low maintenance so it’s great for homeowners who want to spend their time enjoying their new deck, not working on it! The wood weathers well and no preservatives are needed. Depending on the amount of sunlight the deck will receive, the color may darken over time, which only enhances its distinctive grain pattern. We do recommend an annual application of a UV protector and deck finish to keep your deck looking great.

Due to tigerwood’s moderate density, it’s considered moderately difficult to work with. Carbide tips are recommended when using power tools, as cutting edges may wear down more quickly. Pre-drilling is recommended when installing tigerwood.

Other Uses of Tigerwood

Tigerwood is perfect for a variety of building projects, both indoor and outdoor. Thanks to its rot and decay resistance and the fact that it doesn’t attract mold and fungus, tigerwood is great for outdoor projects. Its dramatic look, though, makes tigerwood a popular indoor choice, too. Consider the wood for fences, cabinetry, outdoor or indoor furniture, and porches.

Want to learn more about tigerwood for your deck project? Contact us today!

 

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