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Opepe decking

21x140mm | VDEC1

21x140mm | VDEC1

Our toughest hardwood decking is manufactured from opepe, a timber famed for its density and durability. Used extensively for dykes and coastal protection, opepe is exceptionally strong, tough and long-lasting.

The colour of opepe ranges from dark honey to golden yellow although overall, the colour is one of the most consistent when compared to other hardwood species. Opepe also has the advantage of not suffering from some of the afflictions suffered by other species, such as pin worm hole, excessive warping or blue stain. Although, like all timbers, opepe will weather to a silver-grey colour after a couple of years of outdoor use, its original colour can be maintained with the use of an exterior grade decking oil.

Technical Specification

Family Rubiaceae
Species Nauclea diderrichii
Other common names Badi and Bilinga
Provenance Africa with a certificate of legality (EUTR).
Appearance The colour of opepe ranges from dark honey to golden yellow although overall, the colour is one of the most consistent when compared to other hardwood species.There are very few knots in opepe. The grain may be coarse and interlocked which will produce an attractive striped appearance on some boards. Opepe will develop small surface checks (cracks) as it dries out but these do not affect the strength of the timber.
Dimensions
Thickness Overall width Profiles available
21mm 140mm VDEC1, VDEC2
Profiles VDEC1VDEC2
Lengths Random from 2.0mt to 4.5mt. Subject to availability.
Moisture content Air dried. Approximately 16 – 20%.
Surface finish Smooth
Durability BS EN 350 Very durable
Weight 800 Kg / m3
Stability Relatively high
Shrinkage Negligible
Strength Class D50. High crushing strength but low resistance to shock loads.
Modulus of elasticity (12%) 13400 N/mm
Resistance to impact High
Insect attack Resistant to marine borers. Powder post beetle will attack sapwood.
Chemical properties No problematic chemical properties.
Working properties Opepe is a very hard wood which will blunt tools quickly. However, a very smooth finish can be achieved with a sharp cutting edge.
Treatability Not permeable
Fire Surface spread of flame class 3 (BS 476-7)
Further information Trada Technology. Timber decking. The professional’s manual. www.trada.co.uk
While the utmost care has been taken to provide accurate information, Vastern Timber shall not be held responsible for any consequences arising from any errors or omissions on this website nor for any damages resulting from the use of the information.

Contact us

Wootton Bassett
01793 853 281
sales@vastern.co.uk


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01249 813 173
studley@vastern.co.uk