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Deck Boards that Rise Above the Rest

By HomeCentrl on Mar 23, 2012
Spring is upon us and with that new warmth comes the thought of more outdoor time. Maybe you have an older deck and are thinking of adding a new decking material or maybe you are thinking of a totally new outdoor space. So let's look at some deck material choices.



Ipe is a wonderfully strong wood that has a very tight grain and a beautiful look whether stained or left to naturally color over time. It is probably one the the most expensive decking materials that is readily available and takes a bit longer to apply than others as it is so tough pre-drilling is required.
Pricing, of course, varies but a 5/4" x 6" board can be about $4.48/linear foot making an 8' board about $36.00 and it still has to be installed.

Ipe Decking BenefitsIpe Installation & Maintenance Tips
A Janka hardness of 3680 Ipe offers excellent durability, & longevity.Pre-drilling is required due to high density.
Naturally scratch, splinter, and slip resistant texture.Carbide tipped saw blades are recommended when cutting Ipe deck boards.
Ipe decking is less likely to cup & warp due to tight grain, density, and weight.Applying wax-based sealer over freshly cut boards will prevent checking and splits.
Deck boards last 40 years with no treatment, staining, painting etc.Hidden deck fasteners increase structural integrity & create a smooth, seamless look.
Natural oils in ipe wood make it resistant to termites and other insects.Apply UV inhibitor deck oil once every couple of years will help keep look & color.
Resistance to mold and mildew also comes from these natural oils in the ipe wood.Unfinished hardwood decking looks golden and will matures to a classic silver.




Tigerwood is not as dense as Ipe but has some beautiful details as well as a long natural life span even if untreated. It is still a very dense wood. Pricing is around $2.75/linear foot making an 8' board = $22.00

Tigerwood Decking
Light golden brown to reddish brown with irregular black and brown streaks.
1850 lbs.
19,285 psi
Very durable and naturally resistant to decay and insects. Offers 20+ year lifespan.


Cumaru is another very dense wood with a hardness rating of 3540  (Cedar, 350 + Redwood, 420), Cumaru is still over four times stronger!
It does need to be pre drilled and cut with a good carbide saw blade. Prices are in the area of $3.25/linear foot making an 8' board = $26.00

Watersound House, Seagrove, Florida eclectic porch


If the darker colors of the above varieties are not what you are after then the lighter, softer hues of Garapa might be just the wood for you.

Classic Southern Shingle Style Home on Lagoon traditional porch
Garapa (also known as Apuleia Leiocarpa, Brazilian Ash, Grapia, Amarealao, Marotoa, Muiratua, Muirajuba) is one of the finest quality hardwoods available that features a fine-grained timber that is light yellow to a warm golden hue. Garapa is an exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attack. Garapa is naturally scratch resistant which allows the surface to remain smooth for many years, making Garapa an perfect wood for exterior decking. Garapa offers a 25+ year lifespan without preservatives!  Our Garapa decking is responsibly harvested from managed forest to provide a truly renewable resource. Garapa is comparable to Ipe and is available at a fraction of the cost. We ship our Garapa decking products direct to your home or job site.

Pricing for  an 8' Garapa board runs around $2.99/linear foot making it- $24.00

Now one further note. Do you see any exposed fasteners in the above decks? No they are all done using hidden fasteners such as shown below. There are many choices but they all provide for a nail and fastener free surface.



Now that we have looked over some various materials, start your plan, call your contractor so that your new deck will be ready for the season ahead.



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