Tigerwood is a bizarre and glamorous wood species that is best known for its spectacular grain. With its deep reddish/orange background with dark vein striping, it is a dramatic and durable hardwood. With trees growing up to a height of 80 feet or more, it can be found in the top canopy of forests as well as the lower story and has no special soil requirements. In fact, its growing popularity has led to export restrictions from some different regions to limit over-cutting and excessive logging. Tigerwood is considered very dense and heavy with a Janka hardness up to 2160 depending upon the growing region (67% harder than Red Oak at 1210) and has a specific gravity of 0.45. It is naturally resistant to rot and decay and will not attract mold and fungus growth, which makes it extremely popular not only for exterior use, but also for furniture work, veneers, flooring and other wood projects where the dramatic look gives certain flair to the finished product. Tigerwood is reported to air-dry well with some minor warping or checking (which can occur in extreme conditions) and it generally resists shrinkage and movement after drying. Tigerwood is dimensionally stable and resists twisting and warping in the end product and will stand up well to wear. Tigerwood has a wide range of coloring and striping. The striping can vary from fine lines to bold strokes and the color can have a large degree of color change from a light orange and tan to deep reddish brown. It also has a highly lustrous surface that is considered almost oily in appearance. Tigerwood is an exotic wood species that is best known for its beautiful grain. With its deep reddish/orange background with dark vein striping, it is a dramatic and durable hardwood. Tigerwood is commonly used to produce flooring products and is considered very durable, and it resists denting and traffic wear very well. What is interesting about tigerwood is that it is often graded differently than other species when used for flooring applications because of the dramatic coloring, which is what makes tigerwood so desirable. As an example, lesser grades such as #1 Common refer to small milling defects or lack of streaks in the end product. Clear grade tigerwood flooring is color-sorted for a rich pink color with pronounced brown and black streaks. Tigerwood can be sealed for longer durability but weathers well naturally as well; no preservatives are needed. Depending on the amount of sunlight the wood will receive, the color will often gradually darken over time, accentuating its distinctive grain pattern and giving it a slightly more subtle striping and increased luster. With accurate wood moisture measurement at every stage of the project, tigerwood end products will give years of dramatic vigour and spectacular look wherever the end product will be used.