Creating Your Dream Deck – How to Select Decking Hardwood That Is Right for You

Your deck is an extension of your home—a spot where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors. It’s where you can spend time with your family and friends, barbecuing or just enjoying the fresh air. But before you can enjoy your deck, you have to build it.

One of the most important decisions you will make when building a deck is what type of material to use for the decking. Let’s look at some of the best hardwood decking material optionsand tips to select the right decking hardwood for your needs.

  • Ipe – Ipeor Brazilian Walnut is an exceptionally durable hardwood resistant to rot, decay, and insects. It is one of the moreexpensive hardwoods on the market, but it is well worth the price. Ipe can be used for both decking and railing and hasvaried colors, from rich browns to lighter redish browns.
  • Cedar wood -Cedar wood has a long history of being used for decking. It is a more attractive wood than pressure-treated lumber and is naturally resistant to rot and decay. Cedar wood is also environmentally friendly and is a renewable resource. One downside to cedar is that it requiresa bit more maintenance than other woods, but it is easy to work with.
  • Jatoba- Jatobadecks are incrediblyeye-catching. Its rich red color will turn heads when friends and family see your deck for the first time. Jatobais also one of the most durable woods on the market, making it a superbinvestment for your home.

Selecting the right decking hardwood

Now that you know some of the best hardwood decking materials on the market, it’s time to choose the right one for your needs.

There are three factors to consider when selecting the perfect decking hardwood for your home: the climate, your budget and your style. All the hardwood decking materials mentioned above do well in wet and sunny climates, but they vary in terms of price and the way they look. Choose a material that suits not just the weather in your area but also your budget and aesthetic requirements.

That’s it! These are just a few things to be mindful of when selecting the right decking hardwood for your home. With so many great choices on the market, you are sure to find the perfect one for your needs. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your new deck!

About the Author:

Bruce Master is the general manager at Advanced Building Supplies.  Advanced Building Supplies, aka ABSWood, specializes in a full line of Brazilian Hardwood products including Ipe, Garapa, Cumaru and Tigerwood. Exotic woods are a natural outgrowth for Bruce as he comes from a long line of woodworkers. His Grandfather and Father were both respected wood craftsmen and cabinetmakers. In addition to managing ABS, Bruce designs, plans, and installs his own decks. Before selling Brazilian Hardwoods, Bruce worked as a generalist at a huge Ace Hardware in Miami Florida that catered to an almost exclusive clientele of contractors working on Miami Beach.




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