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West African Iroko Timber Cut to Size

From 14.59 GBP inc VAT & Delivery

West African Iroko is an incredibly durable timber, with colours ranging from golden-yellow to chocolate-brown even within the same board. It can be used to create stunning cladded walls & garden structures, and can be left untreated due to natural resistance against rot and insects. Iroko Timber is imported at FAS PHND (Pin hole no defect) grade, mainly kiln dried. Iroko timber is commonly used as a cheaper alternative to Teak - they are very similar in density, grain structure and colour after ageing. Order cut to size West African Iroko smooth planed squared edge.

Location: Exterior, Interior | Best for: Garden Furniture, Cladding, Gates, Pergolas, Benches, Decking, Boat building | Density: Medium | Good for painting: No | Alternatives: Sapele, European Oak, Idigbo


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Cut to Size / Planed West African Iroko Wood

When freshly cut, or when unexposed to light, the heartwood is a distinct yellow colour, but on exposure to light, it quickly becomes golden-brown. The sapwood is narrow, being about 50mm to 75mm wide, and clearly defined. The grain is usually interlocked, and the texture is rather coarse but even, and the wood weighs on average 660 kg/m³ when dried.

Many Tropical timbers including West African Iroko may be affected by the tiny Ambrosia beetle when the logs are fresh-felled and lying on the Forest floor in humid climates, as soon as the log is resawn and kiln-dried, the Ambrosia dies i.e. it is not continuous damaging woodworm. This is not considered a defect especially as these timbers are frequently given a paint finish and either a coloured or dark stain typically hides any pin marks.

Ordering West African Iroko Timber

When ordering Iroko planed timber from Timbersource, you may select between thicknesses of 25mm, 32mm, 38mm, 50mm, 63mm, 75mm, and 100mm, widths of 130mm - 350mm, and lengths between 2m - 4.8m.


Frequently Asked Questions about West African Iroko Timber

What can iroko be used for?

The Iroko hardwood is used for joinery exterior and interior, cladding, decking, boat building, piling, marine work, domestic flooring, furniture, cabinetwork and much more. The thicknesses for Iroko: 26mm, 32mm, 38mm, 51mm, 63mm, 76mm & 100mm. Widths mainly 130mm, average about 200mm. Lengths; generally, 2m - 4.8m. 

How strong and durable is iroko?

Iroko wood is durable. The heartwood is very durable and is reported to be naturally resistant to decay. The heartwood is susceptible to attack by dry-wood insects. The sapwood is susceptible to attack by powder post beetle and the sapwood has been reported to be highly resistant to termite attack in Africa.

What are the physical properties of iroko?

Iroko is medium in hardness, weight, bending and crushing strength. Iroko timber is very low in stiffness and shock resistance, it is moderate in steam bending and has good stability.

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West African Iroko Tips

Nearly half the cost of Oak but more durable for outdoor use

Can bend slightly in long narrow pieces due to tension release

High oil content. No need to oil unless using a UV protection oil to slow down the silvering process and retain colour

No consistent colour can be yellow or brown even in same pack

Typical lengths at Timbersource 3m, 4.2m

Typical Thicknesses at Timbersource (mm) 26, 32, 38, 51, 65, 76, 100

Please note, our planing tolerance is 6mm in the thickness

Standard Delivery

Timbersource usually aims to dispatch orders within 5 working days for most requirements. We will endeavour to complete your order ahead of schedule.

Next Day / Same Working Day 

Click and Collect - next working day collection when you order by 12:00pm**
Delivery - Next working day delivery when you order by 12:00pm (please call +44 (0) 1373 469905 to ask if we can meet your timescale requirements) 

**Subject to Stock availability and excludes Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and Christmas Periods.

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