Technical specie specifications for Iroko / African Teak from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.
Iroko Hardwood Flooring
- Scientific Name, Other Names: African Teak, Moreira, Abang, Mvule, Mvuli, Kambala, Odum, Iroko, Milicia Excelsa, Chlorophora Excelsa
- Description: Iroko is a large hardwood tree from the west coast of tropical Africa. It is one of the woods sometimes referred to as African Teak, although it is unrelated to the teak family. The wood color is initially yellow but darkens to a richer brown over time. Given the high prices of genuine Teak, Iroko could be considered a low-cost alternative. The wood is stable, durable, and has an overall look that somewhat resembles Teak.
- Janka Hardness: 1,603 pounds
- Strength (MOR): 0 psi
- Stiffness (MOE): 0 1000 psi
- Density (KG/m3): 660
- Tangential Shrinkage: 0.0 %
- Radial Shrinkage: 0.0 %
- About: Our Iroko / African Teak is available in Pre-Finished and Unfinised. It is available in 5/8" and 5/16" thickness.
- Family: Moraceae
- Tree Characteristics: The tree is quite large and may reach 160 feet in height. The bole is straight, cylindrical, and may be clear of branches to 80 feet. The trunk diameter can be anywhere from 3
- Geographic Area: Western and Eastern Africa, especially in the Cameroons, Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Uganda.
- Color: Heartwood is usually a yellow to golden or medium brown, with color tending to darken over time. The sapwood is yellowish white.
- Photosensitivity: Iroko exhibits an extremem degree of color change with pronounced darkening from a bright gold color when freshly milled to a medium brown color once fully oxidized.
- Luster: Low
- Grain: Interlocked
- Texture: Medium to coarse texture, with open pores
- Drying Characteristics: Normal
- Working Characteristics: Generally easy to work with, with the exception of its interlocked grain, which may cause some tearout during surfacing operations. Also, deposits of calcium carbonate are sometimes present, which can have a significant dulling effect on cutters. Iroko glues and finishes well.
- Durability Rating: Iroko is very durable, and is resistant to both rot and insect attack. It's sometimes used as a substitute for Teak.
- Applications: Veneer, flooring, furniture, cabinetry, boatbuilding, turned items, and other small specialty wood items.
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