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One of the Most Durable Exterior Decking Species

Purpleheart is an extremely dense and very strong South American hardwood. It has been used in New Zealand for many years and along with Pacific Jarrah (Massa).

Purpleheart is one of the most durable exterior decking species available. Brown when freshly cut, it quickly turns a deep purple, maturing to a dark brown before silvering off.

JSC regularly recommends and sources Purpleheart for unique architectural projects. We have extensive experience working alongside your experts to help you design facades and structures that will last for generations. Please scroll through the gallery above to be inspired and contact us today for your personalised quote.

Tags: Indoor & outdoor use, Hardwood, Dense heavy wood, Fsc, Sustainably sourced, Machines well, Stable
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  • OTHER NAMES: Violeta, Amaranth
  • COLOUR: Light brown when freshly cut, quickly turns deep purple upon exposure and fades back to brown, eventually dark brown before silvering off. Heartwood sharply demarcated from off-white sapwood.
  • GRAIN: Texture medium to fine, lustre medium to high. The grain is usually straight, but occasionally wavy or irregular.
  • DENSITY/STRENGTH: Very high: *900 to 1100 kg/m3 @ 12% moisture content. Pre-boring is essential.
  • Strength Group 1
  • DURABILITY: Very durable in ground contact and resistant to attack by decay fungi. Little resistance to marine borers/ Class 1 Durability; >25years in ground contact
  • SEASONING: Variable; dries slowly to fairly rapidly, with little degrade, splitting or warping. Occasional surface checking.
  • WORKING QUALITIES: Moderately difficult to work with hand tools due to the dulling effect. Recommend sharpening tools before working, especially saw blades. Turns smoothly, easy to glue and takes finishes well—pre-boring essential.
  • USES: Purpleheart is suitable for furniture, mouldings, doors and door sills, panelling, cabinetwork, decking, gazebos, balustrades, handles, heavy construction, posts and poles, boat building, and wharf members (out of contact with seawater).
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At JSC, we can make your timber design dreams come true. Our expert in-house manufacturing capabilities allow us to create offering to satisfy even the most unique project requirements. Our precision moulding and machining mean we can match existing profiles and also do custom design. The possibilities are endless. Get in touch today.


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