Iroko Chlorophora excelsa
Iroko is a hard wearing tropical West African hardwood, naturally resistant to decay and attack by insects making it suitable for exterior joinery.
A mid-priced stable wood – works well oiled although can be painted.
Iroko has excellent strength properties comparing well with Teak and many of the desirable features of Oak but is a cheaper alternative to European oak. Natural chemicals in the timber give it a slightly ‘oily’ surface. Iroko has a high durability rating making it extremely durable outdoors and treatments are mainly for cosmetic purposes. Iroko is often used for unpainted joinery. Golden orange to nut brown, weathers to silver grey patina within about a year if left untreated. Iroko could have a service life of 25 years or more.