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VITEX DECKING TIMBER

Timber Qualities

Vitex timber, also known as New Guinea Teak, is a high-quality hardwood native to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. It is prized for its light golden-brown colour, fine texture, and straight grain, which give it a refined and elegant appearance. Highly durable and resistant to termites and decay, Vitex is commonly used for decking, flooring, and joinery. Its stability and ease of working with tools make it a preferred choice for detailed woodworking projects. However, like many tropical hardwoods, sustainable sourcing is crucial to ensure its availability for future generations.

Other Names: Vitex cofassus, Vasa, New Guinea Teak
Principal Uses:  Decking, flooring, stairs, doors, windows, marine construction and furniture. 
Original Colour: Pale yellow and grey to medium brown colour.
Texture: Fine to medium texture with a typically straight grain, giving it a smooth and refined appearance.
Density (Dry): 700-800kg/m3 
Length Spread: 1.8 – 4m 
Dried: Fan Dry 
Janka Hardness: 5.6(kN) 
Expansion/Contraction: 2.5-4% 
Tannin Bleed: Light tannin bleeding
Standard Sizes: Smooth - 140/19 
Life expectancy: 20+ years 
Durability Class: Class 2. Moderately Durable 
Screws: 316 Stainless Steel

FAQ on Vitex

Vitex timber, also known as New Guinea Teak, is a premium hardwood favoured for its fine texture, durability, and attractive golden-brown colour. Its versatility and resilience make it a popular choice for various woodworking projects. Here are ten frequently asked questions to help you understand more about Vitex timber.

What is Vitex timber?

Vitex, also known as New Guinea Teak, is a high-quality hardwood native to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

What are the common uses of Vitex timber?

Vitex is commonly used for decking, flooring, joinery, and various outdoor and indoor woodworking projects due to its durability and aesthetic appeal.

What colour is Vitex timber?

Vitex timber typically has a light golden-brown colour, which can darken slightly over time with exposure to light.

What is the texture of Vitex timber?

Vitex has a fine to medium texture with a typically straight grain, resulting in a smooth and refined appearance.

Is Vitex timber durable?

Yes, Vitex is highly durable and resistant to termites and decay, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Is Vitex timber sustainable?

Sustainable sourcing of Vitex is important to ensure its availability for future generations, so it's best to purchase from suppliers who offer certified sustainable timber.

How do you maintain Vitex timber?

Regular cleaning and applying a protective finish can help maintain Vitex timber's appearance and longevity, especially when used outdoors.

Is Vitex timber easy to work with?

Yes, Vitex is relatively easy to work with using standard woodworking tools, thanks to its fine texture and straight grain.

Does Vitex timber change colour over time?

Vitex timber can darken slightly with exposure to light, enhancing its rich, warm tones.

Can Vitex timber be used indoors?

Yes, Vitex is suitable for indoor applications like flooring and furniture, where its fine texture and attractive colour are highly valued.

OUR DECKING TIMBERS

At TOUGH DECKS we only import sustainable sourced A-grade hardwood decking timber.
Garapa  |  Purpleheart  Red Cumaru   |   Stonewood (Angelim Pedra) Kwila  |  Vitex

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