- Furniture manufacture
- Mouldings and millwork
- Boat building
- Interior panelling
- Decorative veneers
Utile hardwood is a type of tropical hardwood grown in West Africa. Known for its durability, strength and resistance to decay and insects, utile is commonly used for a variety of construction and furniture-making applications. The wood is also very dense and heavy, which gives it added strength and stability. Due to its density, utile wood is also used as a substitute for heavy woods like teak.
Utile can vary in colour depending on the specific species and where it is sourced from. Typically, it is a dark reddish-brown colour with a hint of purple.
When it comes to longevity, utile is considered a ‘durable’ wood species. With proper maintenance, utile hardwood flooring, furniture and other items made of utile can last for decades, even centuries. The natural oils and resins in the wood make it resistant to moisture and decay, which helps to extend its lifespan.
However, it is important to note that exposure to extreme weather conditions or prolonged exposure to moisture can cause utile wood to expand or warp over time. Therefore, it is important to properly finish and seal utile hardwood to protect it from the elements, and to maintain it regularly to ensure its longevity – please call us if you need advice.
Premier Forest Products can machine utile hardwood to order in standard and bespoke profiles.
Utile at a glance:
*The Janka hardness test measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear.
Image supplied courtesy of The Wood Database.
Thickness 25.4mm – 101.6mm
Widths 100mm and wider, with an average of 175mm
Lengths range from 1.8m to 4.2m, with an average of 2.6m
FSC® certified material is available
Minimum requirement legal and verified
Mixed first & seconds (FAS)
Sawn or machined to order
Refer to the adhesive manufacturer recommendations
Hardness: Janka hardness rating of 1,180 lbf (5,260 N), hard
Density: 635-660 kg/m3
Durability: Moderately durable to durable
Durability Class Table
Desired Service Life / Years
Natural Durability Class