WALLABA VS. CEDAR SHINGLES

What is Wallaba?

Wallaba is a dense tropical hardwood which is grown in the forest of Guyana, Suriname, and Brazil. It is light red to reddish‐brown in color. The wood has a very high density and the texture is rather coarse with grain that is typically straight. Wallaba consists of high gum exudates and oily resin which are part of the properties that fight against insects and decay. Wallaba wood was mainly known for its use as shingles and transmission poles for centuries. Other usage includes rail road ties, industrial flooring, decking, fence post, etc.

Turada® Wallaba Shingles are internationally recognized for their other proven advantages of minimal moisture absorption, capacity to withstand up to category five (5) hurricane winds and the fact that they achieve the highest fire-resistance rating possible with any wood building product. These criteria are achieved without the use of any chemical treatment whatsoever and we guarantee that our Turada® Shingles and Shakes will always be supplied in their natural untreated form.

THE WALLABA TREE

The Wallaba tree is slender in appearance and has a natural bole measuring 40-60 feet with a diameter of 18-24 inches. Wallaba is stronger than pine and is mainly used to manufacture very durable utility poles and roofing shingles. Given that Wallaba is highly resistant to decay and insect infestation, it is well suited for the manufacture of roofing shingles and shakes. Wallaba roof installation last over 50 years.

Wallaba is of the genus Eperua; a valuable timber of the Guianas and northern Brazil. This specie is characterized by having pinnate leaves and red flowers. The hard, heavy heartwood of Wallaba trees is used both in the construction industry and its reddish-brown color also offers a perfect fit for the upscale residential shingle application.

COMPARISON WALLABA VS. CEDAR

CATEGORY

WALLABA

CEDAR

WEATHERING


ENDURANCE


FIRE RESISTANCE


DECAY


JANKA SIDE HARDNESS


HURRICANE RESISTENCE

Bright Silver


40+ Years Without Treatment


Naturally Resistant


Naturally Resistant


2040 lb. at 12% MC


Category 5

Dull Grayish Color


10-20 Years With Treatment


Not Naturally Resistant


Moderately Resistant


350 lb. at 12% MC


Unknown

weather untreated cedar 2

WEATHER
UNTREATED CEDAR

Weathered-Untreated Turada

WEATHER
UNTREATED WALLABA

after 40 years turada (2)

WEATHER UNTREATED WALLABA AFTER 40 YEARS

after 40 years turada

WEATHER UNTREATED WALLABA AFTER 40 YEARS

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