Tigerwood Decking

POCO Building Supplies proudly carries TigerDeck® Tigerwood for your decking needs. Tigerwood (Gonçalo Alves) is one of the most beautiful and durable species of hardwood decking available. Visually striking in appearance – this neo-tropical tree grows from Central to South America and varies in color from orangey-reds to dark brown tones, with pronounced black striping. Grain pattern can be straight, but is commonly wavy with a fine, uniform texture and natural luster.



Tigerwood’s natural resistance to rot and decay mean it’s an excellent choice for a low maintenance deck. Commonly available deck board widths are 4″, 6″ and 8″ though other sizes are subject to availability. We supply both solid-edge and pre-grooved Tigerwood Decking, which can be fastened with Smart-bit Pro-Plug system, BlackTalon® or Ipe Clip Hidden Fasteners.

Tigerwood will generally last 2-3 times longer than Redwood, Western Red Cedar or even treated wood and is naturally rot and insect resistant. For your piece of mind – TigerDeck® Tigerwood is backed by a manufacturers 25-year limited warranty.

Left to weather – Tigerwood will grey to a handsome silvery patina and it’s characteristic stripes will eventually become more uniform as the natural oils dry out and the wood ages. To enhance and preserve the colour of new Tigerwood Decking, we recommend Penofin Hardwood Formula – which is designed specifically for Hardwoods such as this. We’ve tested a number of products designed to protect exotic species of Decking and our research suggests that Penofin is the best product in terms of penetration, lustre and longevity. Samples of our Hardwood Decking in it’s raw state and also with Penofin Hardwood Formula applied are available in-store or by request.


A simple email inquiry turned into a great experience. I had contacted several companies in search of Tigerwood decking and POCO Building Supplies was the only one able to meet my needs. My list of questions was answered quickly, but it was the details in the thoughtful, knowledgeable answers that impressed me most. I was given very good, very real advice on how I could stay within my budget without compromising the look or feel of my project. The price was where it needed to be to make me feel good about my purchase, and delivery was on time, as promised. What else can I say? I wish we had a POCO Building Supplies in Langley.

– Craig Rawe (Langley, BC)




  • 1 x 4 S4S Tigerdeck
  • 1 x 4 Profiled Tigerdeck
  • 1 x 4 Tigerdeck Profile 1-edge
  • 1 x 6 S4S Tigerdeck
  • 1 x 6 Profiled Tigerdeck
Nominally sized at 3/4″ thick by 1/2″ under width. For example 1×4 = 3/4″ x 3-1/2″


  • 5/4 x 4 S4S Tigerdeck
  • 5/4 x 4 Profiled Tigerdeck
  • 5/4 x 6 S4S Tigerdeck (NOW IN STOCK)
  • 5/4 x 6 Profiled Tigerdeck
  • 5/4 x 6 S4S Tigerdeck 100% FSC CertifieD
  • 5/4 x 8 S4S Tigerdeck
  • 5/4 x 12 S4S Tigerdeck
Nominally sized at 1″ thick by 1/2″ under width. For example 5/4×4 = 1″ x 3-1/2″


  • 2 x 2 S4S Tigerdeck
  • 2 x 4 S4S Tigerdeck
  • 2 x 6 S4S Tigerdeck
  • 4 x 4 S4S Tigerdeck
Nominally sized at 1-1/2″ thick by 1/2″ under width. For example 2×4 = 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″




TigerDeck® Tigerwood integrates a strong, durable and striking species with their own hidden fastening system, the BlackTalon® Universal Deck Fasteners. After spending 3 years testing and comparing numerous hardwood species, they have developed what they believe is the “finest decking system” possible.

Screwing your deck down can cause splinters. Pre-drilling can take up time, but also you are weakening the wood used for your deck in the long run putting holes into your materials. Enter the BlackTalon clip, by the folks who brought you TigerDeck®. BlackTalon Universal deck fasteners are designed with stainless steel alloy, which allows clips to stay tight in place, in the event there is any expansion or movement of the sub-structure. unique, stainless steel, hidden deck fastening design, which increases construction efficiency, minimizes the need for repair and extends lifespan over decks with screw down or other fastening systems. Two innovative clips are available: A standard clip with legs that straddle a two inch joist and /or an angled clip to accommodate deck boards that are not perpendicular to the joist, or joists wider than two inches. BlackTalon clips will work with any profiled deck board and can be found here at POCO Building Supplies.

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Black Talon Hidden Fastener Clips

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Clean, professional look once installed.

BlackTalon® is our unique, stainless steel, hidden deck fastening design, which increases construction efficiency, minimizes the need for repair and extends lifespan over decks with screw down or other fastening systems. Two innovative clips are available: A standard clip with legs that straddle a two inch joist and /or an angled clip to accommodate deck boards that are not perpendicular to the joist, or joists wider than two inches.

The screw is fastened through the clip into the joist—not through the edge of the deck board. The ‘wings’ of the clip apply even pressure to both sides and hold the board extremely tight to the joist. Memory inherent in the stainless steel, along with the innovative wing design allows the clip to flex with the joist system and wood movement. This flexibility and design is critical in maintaining continuous holding power and providing access to the screw to replace or tighten deck boards.

BlackTalon® Universal Deck Fasteners will work with any profiled deck board but are particularly suited to pre-profiled (pre-grooved) TigerDeck® Tigerwood



Pro-Plug-System-for-Wood-componentsPRO PLUG® SYSTEM for Wood combines the strength of top-down fastening with the high-end finish of face grain wood plugs. This comprehensive system allows deck builders to drill, screw, glue and plug all types of hardwoods in a fraction of the time required for traditional plug fastening methods. All of the Pro Plug System components have been carefully and precisely engineered to maximize performance and provide the best finished result. The system features face grain wood plugs, stainless fasteners, a pre-drilling and counter-boring tool and a glue nozzle that applies glue to the sidewalls of the counter-bored hole. See opposite for available wood types.

Pro-Plug-Wood-product-featuresPRO PLUG® SYSTEM for Wood – Product Features


The stop collar spins free of the drill and counterbore assembly, and is fitted with a rubber o-ring that prevents damage to the board surface. The hole is complete when the stop collar stops spinning.


The case hardened counterbore portion of the tool is designed to perfectly match the geometry of the System’s specially designed fasteners and plugs.


Drill bits feature Powerbolic fluting, which cuts through decking and flooring more than twice as fast as standard wood bits, even dense hardwoods. The Tool also comes packaged with a spare stub bit, designed for plug-only installations (with no fasteners).


Decking kits come with Grade 305 stainless steel, star drive, 8 x 2-1/2″ plug fasteners. Flooring kits come with zinc plated, #2 square drive, 8 x 1-5/8″ plug fasteners.

Pro-plug-glue-nozle5. PRO PLUG GLUE NOZZLE

The patented Pro Plug Glue Nozzle is designed to apply standard wood glue to the sidewalls of the hole created by the Pro Plug Tool for Wood, in order to achieve maximum holding power. The Nozzle attaches to any interior or exterior 4 or 8 ounce bottle of Titebond® wood glue and any 4, 8 or 16 ounce bottle of Elmer’s® wood glue.

Pro-plug-ipe6. WOOD PLUGS

Face grain wood plugs are available in many species. A unique chamfer and reduced flare angle offers easy insertion and an extremely tight fit with minimal to zero push-up from weathering. Plugs are inserted completely, with no need for sawing or chiseling.



In addition to the Pro Plug Tool for Wood and a Decking/Flooring Kit, installation requires a power drill, a power sander, wood glue and a plastic or wood mallet. (Pro tip: for best results, and to prolong the life of the Pro Plug Tool, use a corded drill). Note: The Pro Plug System for Wood consists of several parts designed to work together as a system. All of these parts must be used together, as instructed, to ensure proper function. For a pdf containing detailed installation instructions (also included with every kit), see the link below.

Pro Plug Decking Kits come with Grade 305 stainless steel deck screws that are 2-1/2″ (63mm) long, for decking that is between 3/4″ (19mm) and 1-1/4″ (32mm) thick. Pro Plug Flooring Kits come with hardened steel zinc plated screws that are 1-5/8″ (41mm) long, for flooring that is 3/4″ (19mm) thick.

Each Pro Plug Tool for Wood package includes a complete tool, 2 standard size replacement drill bits, a stub bit (for plug only installations) and a hex wrench for replacing drill bits. Pro Plug Tool for Wood Replacement Drill Bits are also available and sold in packs of 5.


100pc Kit
100pc Kit
100pc Kit
 350pc Kit
350pc Kit
350pc Kit
1050pc Kit
1050pc Kit
1050pc Kit
Smart-Bit Pre-drilling & Countersink Tool 1 ea / 6pk
#7 and #8 Trimhead
Pro-plug Countersink Tool  1 ea / 6pk


Scientific Name: Astronium graveolens (syn. A. fraxinifolium)

Gonçalo Alves is a common tree with an area of natural distribution from Mexico and the Caribbean through Central America and South America, to the Andes Mountains in the west and south to Argentina. There are no US CITES regulations (reciprocal international eco-region treaties concerning threatened or endangered species) with the references to Astronium. It is found at altitudes ranging from 500 to 3,000 feet, but is most common at 1,500 to 1,800 feet in both dry and humid forests. It has a short lifespan of 60-90 years and must have well drained soils to reach maturity. It is considered a good candidate for plantation farming with easy germination, wide habitat range and 35 to 45 year merchantable harvest rotations.

Janka Hardness: 2,160 lbs
Stiffness (MOE): 2,230 (x 1000 psi)
Durability: Extremely Durable
Bending Strength (psi @ 12%): 16,620
Density (KG/m3): 930
Life Expectancy: 50+ Years



Government agencies in Central and South America, have land management plans that are based on selective and sustainable logging practices. Third party agencies such as the Forest Stewardship Council provide the same assurances. The logging companies in these areas are required to submit detailed forest management plans prior to harvesting. These plans identify trees by specie and allow for selective harvesting. Seed trees and trees under a certain diameter are left behind to keep the cycle of growth healthy. In some cases government agencies require companies to replant areas that have been cleared in the past.

Unfortunately, logging practices in the rainforest regions of Central and South America are greatly misunderstood. Clear cutting is not a logging practice used by the forest products industry. It occurs when land is cleared for farming and ranching. The pressures of farming and ranching are the greatest danger to tropical rainforests. Sustainable forest management of tropical timber creates local jobs and an alternative for land owners to convert forests to agriculture thus helping to sustain the rain forest.



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