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Have you ever seen a tigerwood deck? As the name suggests, tigerwood has a very unique striped grain pattern. Used to build an outdoor deck, the wood is a strikingly beautiful. Can it stand up to the weather, the pets, and the kids? Read more to find out what our readers think of tigerwood decking.

Melanie Musson

Melanie Musson

Melanie Musson is a home renovation expert with Clearsurance.com.

Tigerwood is Long-Lasting and Low-Maintenance

Usually, when you compare composite decking to wood decking, composite comes out ahead. Even though the initial costs of building a composite deck are higher than a wood one, the maintenance costs and longer life span of composite make it a better deal in the long run.

Tigerwood, however, may be even more economical than composite decking materials. Tigerwood is more expensive than most hardwoods, but it’s less costly than most composite materials. Similar to composite, it requires no maintenance thanks to its naturally high oil content. It’s water-resistant and doesn’t need a sealant. It lasts as long if not longer than composite decks.

If you compare ownership costs for a deck over 30 years, tigerwood comes out on top, despite the higher material and installation costs.

Tigerwood Offers Durability and Beauty

Tigerwood is becoming a popular decking material because, aside from offering stunning aesthetics, it is durable and cheaper than you realize. Compared to composite, tigerwood is less costly and lasts longer.

Pro tip: While tigerwood is insect-resistant, you might benefit from organic pest control to protect your home and deck.

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell, Founder of  The Charming Bench Company.

Tigerwood Resists Heat and Moisture

We like using tigerwood for outdoor furniture and decking because it’s very hard wood. It’s resistant to heat and moisture, which makes it great for any outdoor usage.

Most of the time, it’s dried quite a lot before being used, which is great. It makes varnishing and treating [the wood] much easier than something like teak.

The one downside of tigerwood is that it’s very porous. So, if you’re using it for flooring or decking, it will soak up any spills very quickly if it’s not treated properly.

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