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Tigerwood Decking Comparison

SPECIES
APPEARANCE
JANKA
HARDNESS*
BENDING
STRENGTH
DECAY RESISTANCE
Ipe
An extremely dense, tight grained wood. Generally a deep rich brown with some pieces displaying red and amber hues. 3600 lbs. 22,560 psi High rating for insect (termite) and decay resistance. Offers 75+ year lifespan.
Tigerwood Decking
Light golden brown to reddish brown with irregular black and brown streaks. 1850 lbs. 19,285 psi Very durable and naturally resistant to decay and insects. Offers 30+ year lifespan.
Douglas Fir
A light reddish-brown wood with generally straight grain.
670 lbs.
12,400 psi
Not naturally resistant to decay. Should be painted or stained to prevent decay.
Pressure Treated Pine
Very pronounced grain. Dusty yellow-green palor due to chemical treatment of the wood.
690 lbs.
14,500 psi
There are 2 commonly used chemical preservatives, MCA (Micronized Copper Azole) and ACQ (Alkaline Copper Quaternary). These chemicals are forced into the wood to help reduce decay but there are some potential health concerns with these treatments.
California Redwood
Several grades available that vary considerably in appearance and quality. Usually straight grained with a fine, even texture. Color varies from cherry-red to dark reddish-brown
480 lbs.
10,000 psi
Premium grades are more durable than most woods in common use. Resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Treatment is recommended.
Western Cedar
Fresh cut, this wood appears a salmon pink color which turns a coffee brown over time. Species is generally straight grained.
580 lbs.
7,500 psi
This softwood is more durable than most woods in common use. Resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Treatment is recommended.
Philippine Mahogany
Interlocked grain similar to true mahogany, but with a courser texture. Species is generally medium to dark brown.
760 lbs.
12,000 psi
Only the dark red species are resistant to decay. Although more durable than cedar and redwood, it is still relatively soft compared to Tigerwood Decking.
*The Janka Hardness Test is a measure of the hardness of wood. The Janka Test was developed as a variation of the Brinell hardness test.  The test measures the force required to push a steel ball with a diameter of 11.28 millimeters (0.444 inches) into the wood to a depth of half the ball's diameter. The diameter was chosen to produce a circle with an area of 100 square millimeters.

Why Choose Tigerwood Decking Over Composite Decking?

Brian Young of OC Deck & Patio installed a beautiful TigerwoodDecking.com Tigerwood deck for these Southern California homeowners who were originally considering a composite material. They couldn't be happier they chose TigerwoodDecking.com Tigerwood! They love the exotic grain and think of their deck more like a piece of furniture. Why wouldn't they want to show it off?!

 

Win IPE CHARACTERISTIC TIGERWOOD Win
  An extremely dense, tight grained wood. Generally a deep rich brown with some pieces displaying red and amber hues. Appearance Light golden brown to reddish brown with irregular black and brown streaks that sets it apart from the competition. check
  Ipe is a more expensive alternative. Price Tigerwood is cheaper than Ipe. check
 check 3600 lbs Janka Hardness 1850 lbs check
 check 22,560 psi Bending Strength 19,285 psi check
 check High rating for insect (termite) and decay resistance. Offers 75+ year lifespan. Decay Resistance Very durable and naturally resistant to decay and insects. Offers 30+ year lifespan. check
    Winner Tigerwood WINS!! check
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Although both woods are a good choice for decking, Tigerwood stands apart from the competition because of its unique looks. Tigerwood also offers almost the same strong physical characteristics of Ipe AT A FRACTION OF THE COST. Tigerwood is clearly the best decking material available in its price range.