Probably the most attractive feature of a tropical wood deck is that because it is naturally rot and warp resistant it will require very little maintenance. If left unfinished a tropical wood deck need only be regularly swept and kept clear of leaves and debris.
Tigerwood will naturally patina to a light silvery gray color over time. If you would like to preserve the red hues and dramatic stripes of the new wood we recommend finishing it with a UV blocking finish.
Tigerwood is structurally strong and resistant to splitting and warping. Because of its strength, less material may be needed to properly secure your deck compared to softer woods.
Cut ends for this wood should be sealed immediately after cutting using a clear wax to reduce end checking. Be sure to buy Anchor Seal for this purpose when purchasing your deck material. A long-lasting deck like Tigerwood require screws and fasteners that will outlast the life of the wood.
If you use self-drilling screws, such as the Swaneze line we sell from Swan Secure Products, we recommend (but is not necessary) to first pre-bore countersinks (shallow holes that allow the screw heads to seat properly). We recommend this screw (type 316) because it is highly resistant to corrosion. As an alternative, skip the countersink holes, drill 9/64-inch pilot holes and use stainless steel #7 trim-head screws.
The proper length of a fastener is 1 1/2 times the thickness of the decking. Be sure to pre-drill holes and countersink the screw heads.
Instead of screwing through the exposed face of the decking, many installers now use hidden fasteners. Swan's EB-TY "invisible" deck fastening system uses stainless steel screws and football-shaped clips made of ultraviolet-resistant polypropylene, designed to last for a century. The inserts fit into slots that the builder cuts into the sides of the decking boards with a biscuit joiner or router. The system allows the decking to be installed from the top.