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Comparison of terrace wood

Here you will find an overview of the most well-known types of wood. Some types of wood only have a poor durability and are therefore not suitable as decking wood. Other woods have a very good resistance class, but can warp badly. This summary is intended to enable you to compare the types of wood. If you click on the name of the wood, you will get to the detailed post in our Wood Lexicon.

ABACHI

Colour: light yellow
Type: hardwood
Origin: Africa
Dimensional stability: good
Lifespan: up to 3 years
– low durability
+ low warpage
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AFZELIA

Colour: light brown to reddish
Type: hardwood
Origin: Africa
Dimensional stability: good
Lifespan: more than 25 years
+ very good durability
+ low warpage

ACACIA

Colour: yellowish olive
Type: hardwood
Origin: USA, Southeastern Europe
Dimensional stability: poor to moderate
Lifespan: 15-25 years
+ good durability
– strong delay
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BAMBOO

Colour: light yellow
Type: grass
Origin: Asia
Dimensional stability: not specified
Lifespan: 10-15 years
+ moderate durability
– no clear species
Bangkirai

BANGKIRAI

Color: brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: Asia
Dimensional stability: moderate
Lifespan: 15-25 years
+ cheap hardwood
- heavy bleeding

CUMARU

Colour: reddish brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: South America
Dimensional stability: good
Lifespan: over 25 years
+ good dimensional stability
+ very good durability
douglas-wood dictionary

DOUGLAS FIR

Colour: pink brown
Type: softwood
Origin: North America
Dimensional stability: moderate
Lifespan: 5-15 years
+ very cheap price
– bad technical values

OAK

Colour: leather brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: Europe, North America
Dimensional stability: very good
Lifespan: 10-15 years
+ good durability
– rapid cracking
Eucalyptus wood dictionary

EUCALYPTUS

Colour: pink brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: Australia, India, Brazil, China
Dimensional stability: moderate
Lifespan: 5 to 15 years
– imprecise species
– moderate delay

SPRUCE

Colour: yellow-brown
Type: softwood
Origin: Europe, Russia
Dimensional stability: moderate
Lifespan: 3-5 years
- poor durability
– moderate delay

GARAPA

Colour: yellow-brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: South America
Dimensional stability: good
Lifespan: over 25 years
+ very good durability
+ good dimensional stability

IPE LAPACHO

Colour: greenish brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: South America
Dimensional stability: good
Lifespan: over 25 years
+ good dimensional stability
+ very good durability

IROCO

Colour: yellow-brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: Africa
Dimensional stability: moderate
Lifespan: 15-25 years
+ good durability
– moderate delay

JATOBA

Colour: reddish brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: South America
Dimensional stability: moderate
Lifespan: 15-25 years
+ good durability
– moderate delay

JAW

Colour: light yellow
Type: softwood
Origin: Europe, Russia
Dimensional stability: moderate
Lifespan: 3 to 8 years
- poor durability
– moderate delay
larch

LARCH

Colour: light pink
Type: softwood
Origin: Europe
Dimensional stability: moderate
Lifespan: 5-10 years
– low durability
– moderate delay

MASSARANDUBA

Colour: reddish brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: South America
Dimensional stability: moderate to good
Lifespan: over 25 years
+ very good durability
+ moderate dimensional stability
robinia

ROBINIA

Colour: yellowish olive
Type: hardwood
Origin: North America
Dimensional stability: poor to moderate
Lifespan: 15-25 years
+ good durability
– strong delay
larch

SIBERIAN LARCH

Color yellow
Type: softwood
Origin: Russia
Dimensional stability: moderate to good
Lifespan: 5-15 years
+ cheap price
– moderate durability

SIPO

Colour: reddish brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: Africa
Dimensional stability: bad
Lifespan: 15-25 years
+ good durability
– strong delay
Tatajube

TATAJUBA

Colour: reddish brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: South America
Dimensional stability: good
Lifespan: approx. 25 years
+ good durability
– good dimensional stability

TEAK

Colour: golden brown
Type: hardwood
Origin: Asia, South America
Dimensional stability: very good
Lifespan: over 25 years
+ very good durability
+ very good dimensional stability

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