Ayous is a lightweight, and low density, West African tropical hardwood.
Ayous is also known as Obeche and has a long history of use in plywood and veneers.
Sourced as a secondary species in the forests it is not typically used for any exterior applications due to its low durability class.
During the thermal modification the weight and density decreases further making the species not suitable for a decking or structural application without a further modification process.
For applications such as decks, we suggest either dually modified Rhino wood, thermally modified Korina, or thermally modified Ash. Nova can offer all three of these species from sustainable sources.
As with Nova's other tropical hardwood species, our Ayous originates from well managed forests and will come with full OLB, Origine et Légalité des Bois, certification.
FSC, Forest Stewardship Council, certification may be available for larger projects when required.
The thermal modification of the Ayous yields several benefits: It changes the color from a light pale yellow color to a very pleasant brown, making the species much more esthetically pleasing.
It also decreases the movement and increases the stability of the wood making it well suited for extreme outdoor environments.
Ayous can be used for outdoor siding and soffit applications as the process of thermal modification also increases its durability to the same class as Nova's tropical hardwood products like Batu and Bangkirai.
Of course the wood can be used for interior applications as well.
Grade: FAS Clear
Dimensions: Various, including 1x6 and 1x8 siding
Lengths: 6-16’ odd and even lengths, heavy 8-14’
Certification: OLB or FSC 100% certified
Species: Ayous, Obeche, tropical hardwood
Class: Low density and hardness
Uses: Siding, ceilings, trim boards