Tigerwood Decking FSC
Decking & Fencing
- A gorgeous gold and red toned wood with streaks of brown and black
- FSC-certified; harvesting doesn't destroy forests
- Lasts 25 years and is naturally rot-resistant, resists splitting and warping
- Extremely hard wood: Janka (hardness) rating 1870
- Not treated with pesticides, so it won’t contaminate water or soil
- Boards are 5/4" thick, 6" wide, and in various lengths
Tigerwood is an exotic wood species from the forests of South America. It is red with dramatic light and dark stripes running through it. Left unfinished, Tigerwood will weather to a light silvery gray color over time. Easy to maintain, very long-lasting, and exceptionally strong Tigerwood is an optimum choice for outdoor living surfaces. It can withstand temperature and humidity changes with minimal warping. The tannins which naturally occur in the wood make it exceptionally rot resistant so it does not require a finish. A Tigerwood deck can last 25+ years (without finish) due to it’s resistance against rotting, decay and termite damage.
You may choose to leave Tigerwood unfinished and let it age naturally making maintenance easy. Treating it with one of our eco-friendly deck finishes will keep the red color strong for longer, but will require re-finishing annually. Because it’s not treated with pesticides, Tigerwood can be used near ponds or other wet areas without fear of contamination.
Our Tigerwood decking has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to come from responsibly managed forests. In addition to the FSC’s very strict environmental guidelines, forest management operations certified by FSC must also maintain or enhance the long-term social and economic well-being of forest workers and local communities. Communities that profit from responsible forest management are less likely to clear cut in favor of mass-agriculture.
With a typical lifespan of 25-30 years, a Tigerwood deck will not have to be replaced as often as many other decking materials. It has the added benefit, at the end of its life, of being recycled or ground up and used as mulch. Completely biodegradable, there is no reason for a Tigerwood deck to have to go to the landfill.
- Not treated with pesticides
- FSC Certified - responsible forest managment
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.
Our Tigerwood comes unfinished; in 5/4” x 6” and in lengths from 6’ to 20’.