Tigerwood is chosen over other exotic hardwoods for flooring because of its contrasting striped grain that resembles the skin of a tiger. For exotic species, Tigerwood is only second to Brazilian Cherry and Walnut in popularity. Unlike most other species, color variation is not sorted out with Tigerwood. It is the color variation and numerous streaks that are most desired when purchasing Tigerwood. Clear Grade will give you the rich pink color and the pronounced brown and black streaks that are sought after with Tigerwood. Unfinished Clear Grade will give you the look most people want from Tigerwood. However, Tigerwood will darken dramatically from the sunlight from a pink to deep red color. To avoid this, you can purchase prefinished Tigerwood that will preserve the natural color. By purchasing prefinished Tigerwood hardwood flooring, you can add this elegant look to your home with minimal installation. The finish will not only help protect the Tigerwood's color, but also make it scratch resistant.
Tigerwood, or Goncalo Alves, is a fairly dense species in comparison to the other exotic hardwoods. Tigerwood has a rank of 2160 on the Janka Hardness scale. Tigerwood's hardness is comparable to Hickory and Purpleheart. It is 27-percent harder than Maple and almost as hard as Santos Mahogany.Tigerwood's hardness does not make it too difficult to work with; however, some pieces with heavy irregular grain can be challenging to cut. Using carbide-tipped blades will make it easier to cut Tigerwood. It is also beneficial to predrill Tigerwood to help hold nails better. Because of Tigerwood's hardness, a manual nailer is recommended, along with professional sanding and finishing. Tigerwood is also very resistant to moisture absorption, so it can be difficult to glue.
Tigerwood is most commonly used for hardwood floors, but has many other applications. You will find Tigerwood in veneers, furniture, cabinetry, and carving. Tigerwood is also popular in small wood specialty objects, such as pool cues, archery bows, and knife handles.