What is Abaco?
• Abaco has a density of 60lbs/ft sq Ipe is 59lbs/ft sq
• Abaco bending strength is 29200 psi and Ipe is 22500 psi
Abaco decking is a very strong and dense material, it also naturally resists rot and has a very good abrasion and dent resistance. As well it has a very smooth feel in a warm reddish brown tone.
Why Choose Abaco?
|Hidden floor clip & Ribbed floor surface|
Abaco is a kiln dried product so it is quite a bit more stable from the start than an air dried product such as Ipe. However you will still expect to see some minor cracking and checking of the material. The milled ribbing in the one side of the board actually relieves some stress from the board and will help reduce or eliminate twisting and cupping. If you choose to leave the material unfinished, Abaco will weather out to a silver grey patina much like any other natural wood. (Have a look at the bark on all the different species of trees, they are all a similar silver grey tone.) However if you do choose to maintain your Abaco deck with a stain or sealer it will need to be oiled regularly to keep the rich luster and tone of the wood. I also recommend periodic washing of the material with a mild deck wash product. **always test your cleaners first**
Working with Abaco
Your Deck Company has installed thousands of square ft of tropical hardwood decking materials such as Ipe, Kayu and Abaco.
Abaco can be a challenging and difficult material to work with that requires experience and patience. Its extreme density requires the use of special drill bits for pre-drilling and a variety of high quality carbide tipped saw blades and router bits for cutting. It can easily take 2 to 3 time
s longer to install a complete Abaco deck compared to a typical cedar deck.
Hand nailing into Abaco is almost impossible and using pneumatic nail guns is not a good idea either. When you are fastening Abaco I recommend using stainless steel fasteners Abaco is such a durable and long lasting material you need you fasteners to last just as long.
Hidden clips can be used for installing the decking and are very effective if the correct type is used. I do not recommend the use of under-mount bracket systems. Any shrinkage
of the Pressure Treated framing will generally cause the small screws to snap. The use of hidden clips will allow the floor to be installed faster and look much cleaner than surface screwing the product down. Spacing is also necessary to allow for any expansion and contraction in the material.
I have the pleasure of being equipped with an extensive and complete woodworking shop. Having a shop is a definite plus to overcome some of the challenges of working with premium hardwood decking materials.
If you require further information regarding any of our products feel free to contact me directly.