Ekki timber suppliers have seen demand for Ekki wood grow substantially in recent years as the unique properties of this tropical hardwood have gained wider recognition, including its impressive Class 1 durability that rates it for a lifespan of up to 50 years, and often much more even than that.
Responsible Ekki timber suppliers are also helping to bring the species back to healthier population levels, as sustainable forestry of Ekki wood tackles the substantial deforestation that has occurred in relatively recent history.
In the meantime, however, the top-rated durability and other characteristics of Ekki wood mean that Ekki timber suppliers are facing unprecedented demand, making it even more important to source certified responsibly produced Ekki timber mats with the necessary documentation to prove that the wood was imported in line with all of the relevant environmental legislation.
Hardwood Hard Facts: Ekki Wood
We’ve listed the main characteristics of our Ekki wood mats below, which should help you to calculate the thickness and size of mats you need, to determine if Ekki mats are the right choice for you, and to compare them with our tropical hardwood Dabema mats and our European oak and beech hardwood bog mats.
- Botanic Name: Lophira alata
- Common Names: Ekki, Azobe, Red Ironwood
- Volume Mass: 1,010 kg per cubic metre
- Elasticity Module: 18,600 N per mm sq
- Flexibility Strength: 157 N per mm sq
- Pressure Strength: 72 N per mm sq
- Slide Strength: 17.1 N per mm sq
- Durability Class: 1
One of the most significant characteristics of Ekki wood – and the reason why it has surged in popularity in recent years – is its unparalleled Class 1 durability, which gives Ekki bog mats a usable lifespan of as much as 50 years or more, even in the poorest of conditions.
For this reason, if you need a strong tropical hardwood that you can use in tidal locations, wetlands and other waterlogged sites, without significantly reducing the longevity of the timber, Ekki bog mats are comfortably among the best options available.
What size Ekki wood mats do I need?
The excellent strength and durability of Ekki bog mats make this tropical hardwood a good option for some of the strongest mats of any size and particularly of any thickness.
From our thinnest bog mats of around 70 mm to our thickest, toughest ground protection mats of 300 mm thick, Ekki timber mats give you some of the best shock absorptions in the most challenging environments, and the confidence that your mats will be in good condition when you need them again in future.
Ekki mats are available in our smaller standard size of 1m x 3m, suitable for confined areas or for use as outrigger pads, or the larger 1m x 5m size to spread pressure over a larger area per mat, and their strength means that whether you apply the force over a smaller area or wish to dissipate it as evenly as possible, Ekki bog mats are a good way to do just that.
Should I buy or hire Ekki bog mats?
We work hard with certified Ekki timber suppliers to make sure we can meet the demand for responsibly sourced and legally imported Ekki bog mats, and if you choose to hire Ekki mats from Timbermat, you can rest assured that they will always be in good condition.
It is worth remembering that this is a tropical hardwood that is unparalleled in terms of its durability, and as an ever-increasing number of people recognise that fact, demand continues to grow.
Thanks to its incredible longevity under the most difficult working conditions, you may want to buy Ekki bog mats and keep a stock of your own for future projects, so that you know you will always have them nearby when you need some ground protection or a temporary roadway over marshy land.
More about Ekki timber bog mats
The Timbermat team is here for any enquiries you might have about our Ekki wood bog mats, current stock levels to buy and to hire, or anything else you may want to know about this tropical hardwood.